Re: Thurgood Marshall Photo
On black and whites, I tend to like to do several things.
- make the darkest blacks truly black.
- sharpen the smaller objects to ensure they look crisp, i.e. the microphones.
- ensure that any blown out whites are turned back a bit to more like 243.
- examine areas that should really not be white and selectively (mask) edit those to ensure they don't print too close to white.
In this image I would do those things with more emphasis on the face & hair. His skin looks too dark and there is a weird spot on top of his head along the hair line that needs some tweaking or cloning.
Also, if you plan to blow it up and send it to a printer, pay close attention to your final image resolution and size. Do the resizing yourself to ensure you like it prior to sending it off. Most larger prints can cost $15 or more per page. At that price you hate to print it over because you didn't pay attention to the details. Most printers prefer RGB images, even though their printers are CMYK devices. That's because the printers are designed to work with the more common RGB formats. Also, 300 dpi or a bit more is all you need. Anything higher is wasted and must be downsampled by them. Crop/size your print at the size required by your frame. Examine on you screen to be sure you like it. You may be better off getting the frame first and measuring the opening to be sure of the exact dimension. I say that because in your image, you hate to lose part of his shoulder, or part of the word "univ"ersity.