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  1. dreams of film

    dreams of film TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    I am working with black and white right now. Some ideas on how to make these better would be great.

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    Well let me ask first by how are you transferring these images to B&W?
     
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    You range is very compressed. There's almost no shadow or highlight detail, and the midtones are pretty flat.
     
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    how to make better: keep the subject in focus and don't center the subject. and only the last one is a decent B&W candidate
     
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    No image is a poor candidate for black and white. There's nothing intrinsically good or bad about color.
     
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    These where shot on B&W film iso 100 scanned and uploaded. Now that I have put them up here I hate the shadows in #1, #2 was under florescent, how do I fix the coloring under florescent?, I like #3 but wish there was more contrast, how do I do that with just my camera and a flash with no extra equipment?, #4 was shot on a cloudy day with little shadows, any ideas.
     
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    Without going into too much detail:

    Well in some cases you need to use the light better. Also, turn the camera vertical once in a while. B&W works better with strong light rather than soft light.

    The couple on the bench...the background is obtrusive.
     
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    Just had a quick play with 1 any better ?
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    do you have a red filter? a red filter will give you some extra contrast.
     
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    It's not contrast that's needed. It's detail. Contrast only increases apparent sharpness.
     
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    Petraio Prime TPF Noob!

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    Well there's nothing about the photo that calls out for B&W treatment specifically. The angle is OK, but perhaps a better view of his face would be nice.
     
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    For areas where you've only got fluorescent, you can shoot with an FLD filter.

    As for the second question, what film were you shooting? Where/how was it developed? How was it scanned?
     

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