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Nov 20, 2013 06:51 |  #1

How are you folks gettin your best black and white photos? I know it's a no no to shoot monochrom, but how are you making this happen with the body that yore using?


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Nov 20, 2013 06:54 |  #2
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Nov 20, 2013 06:58 as a reply to  @ Mackeral's post |  #3

In photoshop, the best B&W result, I have found, was using the Black and White tool.

The worst way is to just use monochrome in the camera, or just to desaturate your picture.

The desaturated version of this was pretty lame, running the color through the B&W tool came out better.

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Nov 20, 2013 07:05 |  #4

Nik Silver Efx pro.


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Nov 20, 2013 07:07 |  #5

I know it's a no no to shoot monochrome

Totally wrong, some images lend themselves very well to monochrome display. But the important part is to shoot in color, preferably RAW, and then adjust the image to monochrome with software you feel comfortable with. Check this link for what you can do...http://weburbanist.com …e-monochrome-photography/ (external link).




  
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Nov 20, 2013 07:10 |  #6

I have Lightroom and cs4. I know Lightroom has b+w presets. What options in Lightroom lend themselves to a good b+w result. You say not to desaturate, so what method works?


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Nov 20, 2013 07:38 |  #7
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It really depends on the type of picture (landscape, portrait etc) and the effect YOU like.

There is no right or wrong or one size fits all answer.....experiment yourself ;)


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Nov 20, 2013 07:47 |  #8

Frodge wrote in post #16466062 (external link)
I have Lightroom and cs4. I know Lightroom has b+w presets. What options in Lightroom lend themselves to a good b+w result. You say not to desaturate, so what method works?

Using color sliders to accentuate areas of the black and white photo is a great way to change a color image to a black and white. Each picture would have a different setting though, depending on the colors in the picture or the mood you are trying to create.

For that method, here is a page: http://www.graphics.co​m …lor-black-white-photoshop (external link)


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Nov 20, 2013 08:50 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #9

Shoot RAW
Change to B&W in LR
Adjust individual color sliders for best look


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Nov 20, 2013 09:22 |  #10

gjl711 wrote in post #16466053 (external link)
Nik Silver Efx pro.

I use this for all my BW conversions.


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Nov 20, 2013 09:27 |  #11

gjl711 wrote in post #16466053 (external link)
Nik Silver Efx pro.

+1 to this. I don't have it(yet) myself, but the conversions that I've seen using this software are SPECTACULAR. Note that I am speaking as a former very picky old B&W film photographer.


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Nov 20, 2013 09:36 |  #12

Do it in post. Whether you use photoshop or a plugin like nik or topaz you get significantly more control of the tones than you do by simply desaturating in the camera. Also consider trying duotones, having a subtle undertone can add drama to what is essentially a black and white image.




  
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