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Old Jan 7, 2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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Photo of a father and son waiting for passengers.

please tell me how I can improve the shot.
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Old Jan 7, 2005, 2:11 PM   #2
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I was expecting a child bike, not that.
Good entry. But have you tried upping the contrast a touch?
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 2:23 PM   #3
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I like the shot, but it is busy. My suggestion would be to tighten up the shot to remove some of the distractions. I would also apply as curve adjustment layer to increase the contrast.

What technique did you use to convert the color to B&W.

Nice Job and Well Done,

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Old Jan 8, 2005, 11:37 PM   #4
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Ferny,

Thanks for the thumbs-up! I'll try to fiddle with its constrast.

Rod,

i'm glad u liked this shot. I used my camera's (S5000) B&W feature to take that photo. I also tried blurring the background in Photoshop to hide the busy-ness. I'll try cropping it a bit more.


Thanks again...I'm learning.
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Mark:

Digital B&W is best shot in color. The statement also raised a question mark for me until I started to understand digital photography to some degree. One of the keys to a digital image is to capture data, i.e shot in color and move the histogram to the right but do not over expose the highlights. Digital is similar to shooting slide film.

Once you have the data, you can do anything you want. There are several techniques inPhotoshop/Elementsone can use to convert color to B&W. The simplest is to desatuarte the image afer it is taken. The one I like "right now" was developed by Russel Brown:

Open the image

IMAGE>DUPLICATE (work with the duplicate)

Open the layer palette

Make two hue/saturation adjustment layers,

Label the top layer "Desaturation" and leave mode "normal"

Label the middle layer "Color" and set the mode to "color"

Open the top layer and desaturate the image -100%,

Open the middle "Color" layer

Set EDIT to RED and move the hue slider to adjust the reds,

Set EDIT to GREEN and move the hue slider,

Set EDIT to Blue and move the hue slider,

If there are yellows in the image do the same for EDIT YELLOW

Once this is done, use adjustment layer masks to adjust the tonal range in different zones of the image - digital zone system.

Keep up the good work,

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