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  1. sunbeam

    sunbeam TPF Noob!

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    Make a picture true black and white? Is it a setting you shoot with on camera, or is it a 'trick' in pp? (I have pse 7.) Thanks!
     
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    What is pp? Some camera's have a B&W setting and most software will allow you to convert a color image to B&W.
     
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    PP = Post Processing

    That's how I do it... I never actually shoot in B&W mode.
     
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    It seems like alot of my images are more 'grey' than that sharp black and white? Do I need to mess with contrast or shadows or anything to get that crisp black and white look?
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    there isn't a trick. there are several methods that one can use from a one click


    (not very product) to converting using channel mixing.

    it is also important to think (visualize inblack and white terms)
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    try levels and/or curves. to help separate gray tones
     
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    There are several good books on digital B/W. Just 'desaturating' in photoshop, although it converts to b/w, doesn't do a very good job. As one uses filters in film b/w, you need to adjust the different color intensities in the b/w image. You can set your camera to b/w but, in my experience, it doesn't do a great job either. Additionally, having the full-color information gives you greater flexibility.

    Amazon.com: Advanced Digital Black & White Photography (A Lark Photography Book) (9781600592102): John Beardsworth: Books
     
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    The best way is to shoot B&W film (Although strictly speaking that's still monochrome, not B&W). For digital conversions, I've found Nik Silver Efex Pro to do a pretty good job.
     
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    AWESOME! Thank you everyone! There's some great advice here. I really appreciate the response :)
     

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