B&W Help

Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by toltec, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. toltec

    toltec TPF Noob!

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    I very rarely venture into Black and White photography, but see marvellous things from people who know how to develop. I was wondering if anyone has any hints on this pic.

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    EOS_JD TPF Noob!

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    It's a small image so hard to see but it doesn't look too sharp and the pose could be better. Not really very flattering.

    Sorry for being harsh on this.
     
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    toltec TPF Noob!

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    No problem, no offense taken. It's not one of my better shots, hence putting it on the critique forum. It's ask people who know what they're talking about and learn from the reply. Appeciate the comment.

    It's propped in low light (like 1/2 at f/1.4), toplit by a very dull wall/street lamp, it was always gonna be soft. I just was trying for something moody.
     
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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    I created something a while ago for images just like yours. It can make almost any thing look good.

    Here you go:
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    Pretty sweet, huh?

    Mike V
     
  5. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    You said develop in your original post. Is this film or digital? Are you looking for developing/printing techniques, or photoshop B&W conversion techniques?
     
  6. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The portrait you posted has a major problem in the lighting. The subject's eyes are important to the effect of the print, but are in shadow. The highlight on the cheek facing the camera pulls the viewer's gaze from the eyes to the cheek.

    A bit more effort spent in setting up the shot would have saved the shot.

    Post-processing indicates that something could have been better on the original negative.
     

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