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July 4th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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The critique I get the most is that my B&W conversions are too flat, so I practiced a little tonight....what do you think?









And here's one in color just because. I just love the expression on her face and her little pouty lips.

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July 4th, 2006, 08:04 PM
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absolutely gorgeous!!!
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July 4th, 2006, 08:42 PM
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I like the 2nd one the most for the tones. What method do you use to convert?
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awwwe - those are great! i love the 2nd and 3rd one!
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I like the depth in the first one best. Even if she is flipping us the bird.
They're all very nice though. I like the third since it seems like babies never are looking in the direction of where they're going.
I'd like to know how you do your conversions too.
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I too like the first one...just something about it!!!
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July 5th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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The first and second one are amazing.
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Well, it is a really really difficult thing to do.

They do seem a little bit on the grey side - ideally with a b&w you want to have SOME area of intense white and SOME area of intense black, with a good spread between.

It's hard to balance though - I took your color one and did my normal process, but very rapidly (and with a very small photo), so I've gone the other way and blown it out in a few spots (also uploading to photobucket takes away a LOT of detail and depth of "color"):



(in photoshop on my computer you can still see more trees than just that one dot in the background on the left - but that level gets lost with the upload, sorry!)

I add an adjustment layer for channel mixer, switch it to monochromatic, and mess with red and green depending on the original colors of the photo - in this case I went 60 red and 40 green - sometimes I'll go 2% over but this was already close to blowing out - then I merge and add another layer for curves and just use the droppers to make sure I am getting that intense black and white using the dropper tools...
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July 6th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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Beautiful pictures!
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July 6th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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I love the one in color. Her eyes really pop and I love the lush green background.
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July 7th, 2006, 12:37 AM
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The photographs are lovely Jamie. I'm not trying to be overly critical, so please don't think I am, but I've noticed generally on your images that they are a little bit too smooth/soft sometimes on the skin areas. do you use neat image or something like that? or is it from the heal brush in PS? They just seem a little bit un-naturally soft. Please don't think Im being too harsh, or taking anything away from your photography, you are good at portraits

If anyone wants a great B&W conversion tutorial, one of the members on my web site wrote an excellent one. I'm not trying to get you onto my site to join - honest, because you can read this tutorial as a visitor, you wont have to register. I hope it helps you all with your B&W conversions.

Photoshop - converting to Black & White
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July 10th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Just giving a little *bump* in case you missed this Jamie!
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Oh! I guess I did miss that...how'd that happen! lol

Anyway....to convert to B&W I usually go to Photo Effects -> Black and White Photo, then add contrast as needed until I get it looking the way I want it.
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July 10th, 2006, 12:40 PM
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BTDT girl...it's hard to make it back around to all the threads sometimes.
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