B&W C/C Please

Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by AmberBella, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. AmberBella

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    Here's a BW of my son. I'm terrible with B&W. Does the conversion work?

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    How about this version?
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  2. Jose'

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    always have less grey, and try to always have a true rich black area.. get more shadows and tones ( play with the curves tool on photoshop, or if you have lightroom it is easier) Its B&W which i feel means, have more black that white LOL, but i like the childs expression its adorable.
     
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    yes, i definitely agree that it needs more contrast
     
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    I LIKE that there's not much contrast. I think that since it's of a young boy, the lines should be soft, but that's just my opinion.

    Cute kid, by the way. :)

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    It's a good idea, I just tend to favor deep contrasts more. But without it, his eyes really pop out.
     
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    The high key thing is alright, but in this case it makes him look like a porcelain doll, and I don't necessarily think in a good way.
     
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    I love all the points of view. I was aiming for a really "stand out" eye, but I guess the rest of the picture suffers for it. I'm sure I'll spend a lifetime trying to understand how to make a decent B&W!

    OKAY, added a second BW version to the top....any better?
     
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    Just my two cents, I agree with a little more contrast. But a great shot regardless.
     
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    The problem is that this is so high-key that you don't have much latitude for dodging and burning in post to add extra contrast to the rest of the face and background. You might try for a middle ground by doing a partial desaturation of the color shot, and some light burning of the eyebrows.

    A more advanced processing option would be using A/B channel curves in Lab color mode to increase the color separation and then doing the B&W conversion. I'm gonna give it a try and if it looks good I'll post the result.

    Edit: Color separation doesn't really work. There isn't enough to separate.
     

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