Time just keeps moving on - I think that it accelerates with each passing day. All of the sudden, we're on the brink of October and I'm way behind in my posting!
I have been reading and playing around with black and white conversions, so I thought I would post on that this time around.
I have been able to take portraits of a wide range of people; when I give them their photos, I always include a black and white version of each image. As I have made images of people of varying skin tones, I've learned that not all black and white conversions are equal. I'll demonstrate this with an image from a recent photo shoot.
Here is the color image we'll start with and we'll see how to tweak the B&W conversion so it looks best.
In Photoshop, you can click once and convert the image to black and white. Here are the results:
The skin tones look darker in this conversion than the original color. Here are the default settings:
Now, let's tweak those settings a bit and see if we can't improve the B&W conversion a bit. Here's an example after some changes:
And here are the settings:
I lightened the red tones a bit, which made for most of the improvement. The above color image did not have a lot of different colors in it; that helps us focus on just the differences in the skin tones. Here are the two side-by-side:
Here I have just focused on skin tones, but the same idea applies to all other colors, as well. Bottom line: The basic B&W conversion leaves a lot to be desired and you can really make your B&W image shine by tweaking the conversion as necessary.
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