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Old 07-07-2010, 03:42 AM
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Smile what's the right contrast?

When working with b&w, I'm never for sure about the contrast. Just in the beginning stages of this retouch. Would you say I'm on the right track so far? How would you tackle the solid blacks? Not a great scan to work with but I do not have the original.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:07 AM
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Re: what's the right contrast?

HI! there no "right" answer about this question, generally only a personal matter.

But usually, if you have a black suit on a person, you want the suit to be black on the photo, and then be able to see all the creases if it's linen, the sheer if it's satin and so on. You want the white shirt to be white but you also want to see all the shadows near the underarms and near the folded fabric on the collar. You also want to spot the buttons even if they are plain white either.

To me you're on the right path, just the whites are lacking "modulation" (don't know the term in English) eg. extend your histogram on the "white side". The blacks look quite OK.
Just my point...HTH
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:26 PM
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Re: what's the right contrast?

"The right contrast" depends on who pays the bill.
If images are meant only for you and/or your family and/or your relatives and/or your friends, then you decide how you like the contrast best.
Learn to trust your gut feeling.
If images are commissioned and some principal pays the bill, then obviously the customer decides.
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