Colo(u)r Versus B&W

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  1. MAMS

    MAMS TPF Noob!

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    I'm really not sure on this one - which one is best? and any comments on either re the picture anyway would be much appreciated.

    For interest - was taken today at Edinburgh Zoo.

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    and the B&W One

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    panocho TPF Noob!

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    like the color better. it works very nice the really limited palette of colors -it almost seems B&W! You lose this nice effect in the B&W version
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I like the contrast in the b&w version, it makes their skin look much better. However, I find the background is too similar to the subjects and the color version separates the background a little better.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with Mike. I'd like to see this in color with the background toned down.

    -Pete
     
  5. MAMS

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    now you've lost me completely, can you expand on that
     
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    Black and white for me too.
     
  7. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Is it my new monitor?
    They look overexposed to me. In both cases...whereas the colour version looks worse (hard word to use, sorry, I am not a good one for 'bad critique', but they're both extremely bright on my monitor).
     
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    B&W for me. The colour definitely looks overexposed on my laptop monitor for what that's worth.
     
  9. MAMS

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    The exposure was on the bright side, I seem to be having a lot of problems with it

    Not sure if it's over or under exposed but definately too light for my own liking.
     
  10. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Oh... sorry. Are you a Photoshop user? I'm sure you can get this done using other programs too.

    They way I would do this (I suspect there are faster, better ways) is to make a new layer of the entire image, so that you actually have two identicle photos, one right on top of the other.

    Then, open the layers window. Make the top layer invisable by clicking on the eye. Then select the background layer.

    Now, choose IMAGE, then ADJUSTMENTS, then CURVES. Now, adjust the image until the background looks good... I'm thinking it should be deeper tones.

    Next, go to the layers window and make the top layer visable again, and the background invisable. Select the top layer. Using the eraser tool set in brush mode at 100% opacity, carefully erase the animals portion of the image. Use a brush just large enough to create a soft edge. Check you work from time to time by making all layers visable.

    Well... I bet that's likely to be more than you wanted to know.

    I hope you find this helpful.

    ANYONE ELSE... please let me know the faster, easier way to do this.

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks, i'll give that a bash
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ummmm... been replying my instuctions in my mind. Actually, earse the bright background from the top image, allowing the new, deeper background to show through.

    Please forgive the confusion.

    -Pete
     

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