b/w photography, any advice?

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  1. sincere

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    I know i am shooting with a d-slr but i think that there are still things to consider,right?

    The thing is whatever i did in color, when i try to switch in in b/w via PS, none of it comes out as nice as the color stuff.
     
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    I'm rather new to photography, so I'm not sure if this will help or not. I set my camera to black & white and then do what ever editing if need be in PS. I'm using a Canon 300D. This is one shot that I took set at black & white. As I said I'm new. :blushing:
     
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    P.S. Love your photos!
     
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    Please forgive me if I was abrupt.
    Since you are clearly working at being a better photographer, as far as I'm concerned you are one of us, one of the good guys and any misstatement isn't important.

    Thanks for the ataboy on the pictures.
     
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    No problem, I didn't think you were abrupt. I'm here to learn and help if I can. That is what the photoforum is all about right. :)
     
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    To expand a little bit, you lose nothing by converting color to B&W in the post process and you gain a lot. Specifically, you can still manipulate colors in a black and white environment in the same manner that we did with colored filters on black and white film in the old days. Even if you don't intend to have a color image, capture it that way and then you will have more with which to work.
     
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    I really like the Rob Carr B&W conversion method for a lot of my work - he's the retoucher Greg Gorman uses - check out the technique here. Scroll down until you see "The Rob Carr Black and White Conversion Technique" and see what you think of it.
     
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    I checked out that Rob Carr technique and i think i did something wrong because i dont see much difference..
     
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    I personally shoot in Colour, then convert later. I use two different methods, one the "Gradient Map/Channel Mixers" and the other in which I switch to lab mode, delete a few channels, then revert back to RGB to use curves.

    I often find that black and whites need a pretty significant curve/contrast boost after being colour to remove this kind of grayish haze.

    Here is the change between one of my colorus and using the Gradient Map 'process'
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    Those pics are nice!

    Using curves and all, i am having a hard time finding the right setting . Is there any advice for working with curves?
     

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