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Old Jul 3, 2007, 4:44 PM   #1
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The new challenge is Monochrome or Black & White. Many of us cut our photographic teeth with Black & White. That's all that was available. Many more of have never shot Black & White. Many digital cameras today feature a black & white mode but the results are not too good. The camera actually shoots a color image and then desaturates it.

To get really good quality BW images requires a bit of work in the photoeditor. Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have several methods for converting color to BW, some better than others. The most obvious is "Convert to Grayscale". This will give about the same result as the BW mode in the camera. It simply desaturates the image.

PSP has a tool called "Black & White Film" located in the Effects-->Photography menu which can produce a fairly good BW image. I'm sure PS has something similar. This tool emulates the use of a color filter with BW film. If you put a red filter on the lens with BW film, anything red in the image will be lightened and everything else darkened. Similarly, a green filter will make anything green lighter. The tool provides a choice of five different color "filter" options. Note--only one color can be used at a time.

Another tool available in both editors, is a layer function that allows filtering red, blue, and green simultaneously while controlling the amount of each. I have yet to master the art of layers but one of the links below discusses the tool and technique.

After you have converted your image to BW with the desired color filtering, there is still some work to be done. Judicious use of brightness and contrast adjustments will really add some "zing" to your photo.

Here are some links that discuss BW digital photography:
http://www.gdargaud.net/Photo/BlackWhite.html
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u.../fixit/bw.mspx
http://www.blackandwhitedigital.com/Convert/index.html
http://www.best-family-photography-t...aphy-tips.html

For this challenge you may shoot ANY subject that is legal! No nude sex scenes, please! Please state whether you used the BW mode in your camera or converted a color photo. If you did the latter, please post the color image along with the BW conversion. Please tell up specifically how you processed the image.

Please put Monochrome in your subject line and please review our posting guidelines at the top of the forum.

Enjoy. We are all going to learn something from this, especially me. If you have any questions, either post them in this thread for all to see or send me a private message.

Note--The limit on number of photos per posting is waived for this challenge only. If you want to show the color and two or more variations on the BW, go for it.

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Old Jul 6, 2007, 9:48 PM   #2
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The Virtual Photographer plugin can give you some very nice monochrome effects, and is free for the download. Sorry I don't havethe link, but it shouldn't be hard to find. It is an Adobe type .8bf file, and works with Photoimpact and Irfanview as well as Photoshop. Should also work with PSP.

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The Virtual Photographer plugin can give you some very nice monochrome effects, and is free for the download. Sorry I don't havethe link, but it shouldn't be hard to find. It is an Adobe type .8bf file, and works with Photoimpact and Irfanview as well as Photoshop. Should also work with PSP.

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Virtual photograper is good for effects But not always right for a straid forward convertion

http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

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I have downloaded the plugin and installed it into PSP X. I also downloaded all the libraries. I agree that this plugin is probably not suitable for BW conversions. It is definitely oriented toward special effects and there are a lot of them.

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[align=left]I just found a very interesting guide to digital black & white photo conversion techniques by Thom Hogan.
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http://www.bythom.com/bandw.htm
I will try some conversions this afternoon.
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