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Old 10-05-2007, 03:08 PM
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Awesome toned black and white portrait photos

Hi everyone,

Could someone help me figure out the post production efforts on the two black and white photos in this model portfolio. I think they look brilliant and my own black and white attempts just don't have this same tonal quality.

Obviously I understand a lot comes from the lighting, I'm trying to work that out too.

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Old 10-05-2007, 06:10 PM
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Re: Awesome toned black and white portrait photos

What methods do you use to convert to b+w? I use a fews depending on the image. I tend to use channel mixer for portrait shots. Skin tones by nature fall in the red channel in a RGB file, so I up its percentage high in the equation to bring out its brightness and try not to have all 3 channels add up above or below 100. I also like to use calculations to blend different channels with different blend modes and the luminous channel in LAB mode. CS3 has a new b+w adj. layer that also works well. No matter which method you use, just stay away from converting your color images to b+w via grayscaling and desaturation.
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:20 PM
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Re: Awesome toned black and white portrait photos

prob better off starting with the green channel, red equals cyan channel not much tonal range there. stay away from blue channel, it's usually a mess, like the yellow channel.

*but all depends on the shot. red can have some great info.

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