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Aug 16, 2012 01:55 |  #1

I Tried the b&w conversion via camera raw...suggestions needed

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Aug 16, 2012 02:01 |  #2

Both seem to be underexposed and low in contrast...Not sure what you were going for here, but I think you need to try again.


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Aug 16, 2012 05:48 |  #3

De-saturating a photo is not the same as converting to B&W. As mentioned above, Underexposed and low contrast. For better results, use "Convert to Gray Scale" in Camera Raw and play with the sliders.

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Aug 16, 2012 21:20 |  #4

Erik is on the right path with this. The only issue with this method is you end up with little midrange contrast.

Sometimes desaturating colors works. But often enough, it doesn't work. So you have a couple of options. You can still do the desaturate and apply color filters to them to manage contrast. Or what I like to use is the mid-range contrast adjustments in aperture. Plus there are a ton of third party B?W plugins that work wonders at keeping the full tonal range in conversions.


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Aug 17, 2012 16:54 as a reply to  @ Croasdail's post |  #5

If B&W result is all you want, is there any difference in achievable end result if shooting B&W in the camera (Monchrome picture Style for Canon), rather than shooting color in camera and converting to B&W in PP?

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https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=933874

The consensus seem to be that converting to B&W in PP is preferred, as you have more control.


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Aug 20, 2012 04:34 |  #6

thanks everybody, sorry for this late answer, I was away from home for a few days.
Alle the shots were taken in full sunlight in summer in southern France, so it was hard to expose correctly for both the subject and the sky. I preffered to underexpose the shots and then tried b&w conversion to reduce the effect of strong sunlight a bit more. I'm only a beginner, so every comment is more than welcome


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