New to B&W

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by swampduck, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. swampduck

    swampduck Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 29, 2013
    Columbia, MD
    I am new to this format and was hoping to get some critique on this shot. It isn't anything too interesting, more so on the conversion.

    Processed color version to bring up contrast slightly, converted to B&W green filter, then added drama filter and sharpen for final output.
  2. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Good contrast. Good range of greys. White T blown out a bit. Probably could be burned in. Good that you were judicious on the "drama filter".
  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I agree, other than the T-shirt it looks great.
  4. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    I like the range, even the white "white" t-shirt :smile:
  5. denis_sf

    denis_sf Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 4, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Nice tonality and contrasts. Your processing made the most of the variety of textures and range in the frame. I'd have pulled down the highlights just a bit on the t-shirt as others have already pointed out. If it were my shot I'd probably have brought up the darks a bit as the shirt and head at right are almost lost in the black of the open window. It's not an integral part of the image, but that's what I see.

    There's really no 'right' way to do black and white. It does afford much more latitude than color with exposure because, unless you completely nuke the shot, there's going to be a bunch of information that you can recover, especially if you're shooting RAW. From the workflow you describe, I'm guessing you were using Snapseed?
  6. swampduck

    swampduck Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 29, 2013
    Columbia, MD
    Thanks, I am going to continue to work this a bit. I am new to BW, but it has proven to be fun
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