B&W- Photoshop or photo lab?

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  1. Kelha

    Kelha TPF Noob!

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    Is it better have a photo lab change your color photos to B&W? Do they have more depth than desaturating in photoshop? I have the same problem everyone else has with photoshop with the b&W coming out flat.
     
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    I would say try a different B&W conversion. Say with Gradient Map or Channel Mixer. You might get what your looking for out of these.
     
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    If you're just desaturating the image, it'll always turn out flat. Try some of these techniques:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/photoshop/b-w.htm

    (Rockwell haters need not reply - the article is top notch and the techniques work beautifully)
     
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    I'm going to read that Rockwell article in a sec so if I'm repeating anything that's in there forgive me.

    I get B&W photos to pop in Photoshop somewhat easily. Desaturate or convert to Grayscale and then adjust the levels. That usually does it fairly well for me or if I want to REALLY push the effect I'll cut and paste the sky into it's own layer, then do Levels on each seperate layer.

    This is the final result

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    Pop!
     

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