How do they get this super contrast effect (see link)

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  1. aomiles

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    I have been seeing more and more black and white portraits with a super high level of contrast like this:

    A Piece of Paper on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    I am new to photoshop. Could someone please explain this technique to me or point me to a tutorial?
    Is it a plug-in or just a specific technique?

    Thanks.
     
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    Ok, so after spending some time trolling the web, I think this is some kind of sharpening plug-in rather than contrast...
    Any idea what this person used?
     
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    They are probably using one of the "tone mapping" techniques that are commonly used in HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing.

    The linked image is obviously not a real HDR image as such images require multiple originals each shot at different exposures. The subjects would have moved between the separate bracketed shots.

    Instead, they've taken a single image and applied one of the Tone Mapping utilities. They could have used the basic "Shadow/Highlights" tool that's been in PS for several versions. Its an "image adjustment" found on the "Image/Adjustments/" submenu. There are also a number of special apps dedicated to HDR processing that could have been used.
     
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    Thanks for the help. I will be trying both your suggestions.
     
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    You mean how the skin and background is so much lighter compared to the hair? That can involve using filters during shooting b&w (or afterwards in processing for color) to separate the subjects and make them pop a bit more.

    This isn't my specialty though so I won't pretend to explain the best means of black and white conversion from a color photo.

    For this photo however, it has the tell tale "glow" around much of the subjects which is common place with excessive use of the "shadow/highlight" adjustment.
     
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