Night Market

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by rueru, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. rueru

    rueru Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 10, 2013
    I don't have that much experience with post processing B&W and I usually only play around with the exposure and gamma with OOC jpegs. I find that the results that I get are often flat looking since there are not that much contrast variation with the images that I work with after desaturating them. I started playing around with the Shadows/Highlights, Levels and Brightness/Contrast tools in PS with raw files and here are the results.

    Please provide any critique or advice that will improve my B&W pp skill, thanks in advance.

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  2. PhilS

    PhilS Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Phil Savory
    one thing I do is always add a vignette, sometime subtle, sometimes obvious to darken the borders. I use NIC for this.. but you can do it manually in Photoshop. Also try to lighten the subject a little, say in #3, just lighten the face of the person so they "pop" from the page. Not really B&W conversion answer for you but try it next time.
     
  3. rueru

    rueru Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Thanks for the advice PhilS. I added a vignette and lightened up her face. Here is the result.
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  4. PhilS

    PhilS Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Phil Savory
    I like to "push" my B&W's so I would vignette the borders even more, ie darken them down but don't make it too obvious.. always a trade off.

    How did you adjust?

    see here, i make the face pop and darken the boarders

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95752256@N03/9223108110/" title="Chilling - West End Markets by philipsavory, on Flickr"> 9223108110_e9cfdd9ec4_b. "1024" height="575" alt="Chilling - West End Markets"></a>
     
  5. rueru

    rueru Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 10, 2013
    I painted the edges of multiple layers with different opacity in PS.

    By the way, awesome composition and contrast with your image. Thanks for the reference Phil.