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Sep 22, 2012 00:02 |  #1

For the members who dont mind sharing, what process do you use to process/convert you black and white photos?


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Sep 22, 2012 01:18 |  #2

In LR4, I (obviously) convert to B&W, bump up the contrast, darken the blacks, and raise the red and orange tones in the B&W mix (for skin tones). I have a preset that applies these settings, then I tweak from there. Most of my photos have people in them - not sure how this would work out for things like architecture or landscapes though.


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Sep 22, 2012 06:06 |  #3

LR4 for me as well, it just seems to work well with B&W conversions...I have mildy tweaked the supplied presets and saved as my own.

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Sep 22, 2012 09:57 |  #4

Would either of you be willing to share your presets?


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Sep 22, 2012 10:05 |  #5

I use photoshop. I try and process similarly to the way I would print in the fact I keep detail in areas I need detail. The tool I use most are levels/curves to control contrast, quick mask to control precise areas of the image. I work on each image individually.




  
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Sep 22, 2012 10:51 |  #6

mclaren777 wrote in post #15027784 (external link)
Would either of you be willing to share your presets?

Sure, PM me your email and I'll send it over :)


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Sep 22, 2012 19:52 |  #7

I use a preset called totally rad b&w to start, then I tweak the setting a little bit to my taste.


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Sep 23, 2012 22:20 as a reply to  @ kenwood33's post |  #8

In ACR, I drag the Saturation slider all the way to the left. I'll also adjust the contrast, black levels, etc, depending on the specific look I am going for.

Then I import into PS, then apply an action that puts a little bit of a brown cast to the image.

That's about it. Nothing special.

This is the typical look I get.

IMAGE: http://www.nicknphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/lauren-and-joe-new-york-country-club-wedding-0695.jpg



  
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Sep 23, 2012 22:32 |  #9

May not be special, but looks fantastic. Sometimes less is more.


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Sep 24, 2012 06:59 |  #10

I use one of the presets in LR4 and then tweak from there. I completely ignore the histogram when in B&W (apart from losing detail on the edges) and go by what looks good to my eye.

My personal preference is relatively high contrast.


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Sep 24, 2012 12:28 |  #11

Heres what my stuff looks like. I get the exposure right in camera and the color image where I want when converting from raw so the tones are where I want them when I convert in photoshop.

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Sep 24, 2012 13:45 |  #12

I remember these shots airfrog. Some of the best B&W conversions i've seen.


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Sep 24, 2012 13:51 |  #13

Check this photographer out.

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Sep 24, 2012 14:34 |  #14

nicksan wrote in post #15036294 (external link)
Check this photographer out.

http://www.jeffascough​.com/ (external link)

Yes, Jeff's B&W work is outstanding.


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Sep 25, 2012 09:50 |  #15

LR4 Presets. I have about 100 of them for B&W conversions.

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