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Old 07-21-2009, 09:26 PM
Photog J Photog J is offline
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Black and whites: how do you achieve this look.

Hello everyone,

I have been a huge fan of this particular style of black and white portraits for sometime, however I am lost on ideals on how to get there.

When I look at them, it seems to be a highcontrast B/w with a maybe a multiply layer over it or even a dark gray layer... In theory those seem right but they don't turn out that way.

here are some examples of the style I would like to achieve.


- J
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:32 PM
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Re: Black and whites: how do you achieve this look

Are your photos lit like that?

The reason I ask is photos have been looking like that in magazines for over 50 years, so I'm not getting the photoshop technique you're looking for. And the first two have deep blacks while the next three are washed out from being magazine scans, so they aren't even all tonally similar. What is similar is that they are all lit by a soft light at 45degrees to the side with no fill.

I've never used it but I suspect Silver fx pro would handle whatever tonal effect you are looking for. The rest is probably quality studio lighting.

Of course this is all guessing as I've not seen the images you are working on. If you post one I'll do my best to help.

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Old 07-22-2009, 07:20 AM
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Re: Black and whites: how do you achieve this look

Hmmm I really don't see what "look" connects those photos. They're all black and white. The Blacks vary from really dense to grey-ish and the whites aren't the same either. Kind of hard to give advice based on that.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:34 AM
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Re: Black and whites: how do you achieve this look

Get a good photographer
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