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Aug 19, 2013 18:43 |  #1

Just curious to what all the pros are doing out there. As of now when they buy the disk from me I give them the colors in one folder then the exact ones in black and white in another folder. I was interested to see if any of you are giving some black and white mixed in with the colors.
I probably could of phrased this question better but I've been editing all day and am at the point where my brain isn't firing on full:)


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Aug 19, 2013 19:00 |  #2

No. Since I never just batch convert B&W I do them individually I'd be doubling my workload if I did. I give the clients the files however I decided to edit them.


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Aug 19, 2013 20:00 |  #3

I also make a creative decision and only edit each photo in a single manner (if it's in B/W, there is no color version provided). That said, if a customer requests a certain photo to be edited differently, I have no issue doing that.....in general, I've found it to be a rare request.




  
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Aug 19, 2013 23:21 |  #4

I decide what I do B&W and if it works in color, then I give them both. If it doesn't work in color (generally because of mixed lighting I can't control) they get B&W only.


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Aug 20, 2013 00:06 |  #5

Like others I only convert the ones that I think will covert well unless they specifically ask for it.


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Aug 22, 2013 16:43 |  #6

If you're providing digital files, you certainly don't want the clients doing their own conversion. There's a lot more to it than moving the saturation slider to the left.

But with Lightroom presets it's easy enough to make virtual copies and convert a batch to B&W with a few clicks.

Actors nowadays often want both color and B&W for auditions/comp cards/online.The packages we offer for actors' headshots include both versions.

As an aside, if your images will be submitted to a newspaper, you really want to do the conversion yourself and provide the B&W version. Newspapers can make a color image look horrid in B&W.


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Aug 22, 2013 22:59 |  #7

I'll do some B&W conversions at my own creative discretion. I deliver both the color and B&W versions - not in separate folders or anything, just right alongside it. IMO, it's easier than providing the B&W only, then the couple asks later "Can I have that one in color?" This is for weddings mainly - I don't think I'd do B&W's for something like a commercial job, unless that's what they were going for specifically.


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Aug 23, 2013 12:10 |  #8

No I don't. In fact, no client has ever expressed any interest in a B&W version of an image. And I can't remember ever having seen any of my images converted by the client. I'm sure it has happened, but I have never seen it.


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Aug 23, 2013 12:23 |  #9

Yes, I have shot some annual reports in B&W only. Some ads only in B&W. But that was B&W only. We usually know before hand whether we need color so it usually never both.

My personal work has all been B&W lately.




  
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Sep 04, 2013 02:09 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #10

For models doing TF shoots I usually prefer to provide B&W versions because I've taken the decision to only upload B&W photos on the internet (and models usually put photos on facebook etc) and I want to keep my color versions for uses where there is some actual money landing on my hands, e.g. stock or art gallery someday. Nevertheless sometimes I also upload color but sparingly.

Some models insist on getting color versions though so when this happens I give them the B&W versions and if they insist a lot then I give them a few pics in color... for some models I may give them everything in color too if they insist a lot or if I want to give them something as a gift to get them do more TF shoots and not demand paid shootings. (however, I've found it doesn't work).




  
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