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Old Feb 24, 2004, 1:51 AM   #1
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Default a couple of B/W experiments, opinions please

Ive been mucking around with a couple of photos and changed them to Black and white. The Cat has a little photoshop work but the one of the young couple with the new baby is heavily edited in photoshop as there was a lot of background hospital equipment behind them. Im still learning, any comments welcome.
both photos are in the album called "new"

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Interesting. I find that for a B&W photo, things like texture and pattern stand out more than with color. It also (to me) can be a good way to show a situation or action, because the color doesn't distract from it.

In the cat, you do have texture in the fur, but not much of the for a pattern or action. I think its technically a well done shot, but I'm not sure how much being in B&W helps the photo.

Other than wishing the father wasn't wearing a really dark top, I like it. There isn't much texture or pattern, but this shot is all about the situation/action. I like it.

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Old Feb 24, 2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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It could be a result of downsizing and compressing, but both photos don't seem crisp enough. You should play with Levels or Curves to get whiter whites and blacker blacks. Black and white has no color to create contrast, so you often have to create it yourself. This isn't "cheating." Methods of increasing contrast in both film and prints have been around for years.
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Both photos were down sized. both were originally color. I seem to have a problem with getting the contrast, brightness etc right when editing. the cat was a dull grey and so was the path in the background so this is why i thought I'd go black and white.
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Ok I tried to edit it again (the cat photo that is). Ive lightened it, tried more contrast and it is a larger file.
Still in the new folder and called "edited Puss"

i don't think i can improve on it anymore than this
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Give this a try: Create a new layer that's a copy of the background. In the Layers Palette, choose Multiply as the blending mode. The result will probably be a bit too strong, so reduce the percentage of opacity until it looks right.
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will give it a go, still learning with photoshop at the moment
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i had another go at puss, in same album, it's "Puss Re-edited". It looks dark on computer but it has printed out quite well on photo paper (my sisters cat, she want the pic). I hope to make improvements with my photoshop skills in future
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I think your third version is excellent. It doesn't have brilliant whites nor deep blacks, but it still looks right. It's one of those photos that don't need the extremes. Good job!
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