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Oct 16, 2007 00:35 |  #1

My friend wanted a photo shoot in black and white.

Ok Silly question, is this manifestation of the 18% grey rule? How could I have set the White Balance correctly?
The grey rule I have never quite understood, obviously!
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Oct 16, 2007 01:30 |  #2

1) Very underexposed...like a few stops under.
--if the wall was very white it could have tricked the cameras meter to thinking it was over exposed. what mode were you shooting in (M, Av, Tv, etc.) Bump the levels in photoshop.
2) Very flat...add contrast.
--this typically comes when an image is under exposed. Raise the contrast in photoshop.
3) A little boring...make the light a little more directional and this would be ver cool.
--the wall is very evenly lit behind him. This produces little seperation between him and the wall. If possible add more contrast to the image by adjusting your light.
Light is crucial to EVERY image...weather it be lots of light or very selective light.
4) Here is a sample I photoshoped for you to show you that this image can be salvaged. Very easy edits. Levels, contrast, dodge, burn, colorize.


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Oct 16, 2007 04:49 |  #3

Not really one of the best pictures posted on the Forum. Dull, grey and just no point of interest in the picture. Sorry.


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Oct 16, 2007 05:43 |  #4

YOu definately have to boost up that contrast a little bit has well has the exposure

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Oct 16, 2007 07:10 as a reply to  @ MdoogLa's post |  #5

Edited. Any better?
Thanks for your comments, working with some very crap domestic lights, trying to learn the camera without the use of the flash! Though this was using a halogen diffused light. With this type of Black and white shot then you would recommend overexposing, for added contrast. Are you saying this key to B&W shots?
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Oct 16, 2007 07:22 |  #6

Ok, have looked at what you are saying and can see your point.

Heres an original and an increased contrast one to compare. They are totally different, the originals being washed out, flat and horrid! Any thoughts on the compositions before I throw the towel in? :lol:
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Oct 16, 2007 12:08 |  #7

Thanks Khall. Harsh, but thanks. Have to learn somehow!
Please more C&C, especially since editing, thanks!
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Oct 17, 2007 19:41 |  #8

One of the edited shots for C&C. Does this contrast/exposure work?

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