B&W, getting there?

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  1. Picksure

    Picksure TPF Noob!

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    O.K. Posted the cat shot and got great feed back. This pic is converted to B&W. Either way, b&w pic or conversion is a struggle to learn(for me).
    Am I getting it?


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    Picksure needs your input. :)
     
  2. oriecat

    oriecat work in progress

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    That's pretty good! You must be getting it. :) One thing, snow is very difficult to get right, so if you really want to practice b&w, maybe try some interiors or non-snow-scenes and I bet you'll be able to get a handle on it all easier.
     
  3. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    The tonal range looks pretty good on my monitor.
     
  4. JonMikal

    JonMikal TPF Noob!

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    i agree. i would say you are definately getting this down pat!
     
  5. Force of Nature

    Force of Nature TPF Noob!

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    jup great contrast!
     
  6. skiboarder72

    skiboarder72 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    what they said ^^^ :thumbup:
     
  7. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    I think you're doing an excellent job! What method are you using to convert?
     
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    sharp, crisp, wonderful tones.... works for me!
     
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    Ditto! :thumbup: :)
     
  10. Picksure

    Picksure TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the input, I've said it before, every little bit helps. Next is to get a keeper in b&w, off the camera. :wink:

    Alison, I was just using grey scale (PSP 7), but the conversion was bla. On this pic I upped the contrast, big time, to the point of too much, then the grey scale. Been playin around for a while to find a good conversion method, this seemed to work. Most converted to b&w, IMO do not need to be sharpened.
    A small view of the original

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    Thanks for lookin
     
  11. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for putting up the little original photo, now I know how to appreciate your very crisp, very well contrasted b+w version even better. I am quite fond of the harsh contrasts in this one, as fond as I am of the motif as such, and I find the spirals come out even better (as opposed to the vertical lines of the trees in the background, the props and the banisters [do I make use of the correct English words here?]) in the b+w version.
    This one works very well for me and I am sure you are on the right path towards b+w (wish I were....).
     
  12. andycarnall

    andycarnall TPF Noob!

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    Hi Picksure, the picture looks good.

    If you're experimenting with converting to B&W (I am to) there are some really good tutorials on http://www.luminous-landscape.com/ for converting to B&W while retaining the flexibility of your original image.

    The way I'm using is to use the channel mixer set to greyscale as an adjustment layer http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/b-w_better.shtml this lets you "retrofit" coloured filters to your photo.

    Hope this helps
     

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