The Digital Photo Guy

Black & White Conversions

by on Apr.30, 2011, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos

New Life for Old Photos

I’ve never been a fan of BW digital photos, mainly because I suck at it. Lately, I’ve been reviewing old photos to see if I could breath life into them through BW conversion. Here’s a photo from PSRM (Pacific Southwest Railway Museum) that I’ve never really liked but, in BW, it looks like it might have merit. This is titled Knuckle Bump. Let me know what you think.

I converted the original Canon CR2 to BW in Lightroom 3 then used Topaz Adjust to add a little “pop” by bumping the sharpening and tonal range. As usual, it loses a bit when resized and compressed for web use but I like the details and smooth transition from gray to black.

Photoshop Elements $3 Webinar

On Wednesday, May 4, I’ll present a new $3 Webinar Series. This time, I’ll cover Basic Workflow in Photoshop Elements. A basic workflow is something every serious digital photographer should know. This is the process of turning good photos into great photos. In a basic workflow, the photo is cropped to focus the viewer’s eye, levels and color balance are corrected to add “POP” and sharpening is applied to create intensity.

To participate, please register at the Photography Webinars and Photoshoots Meetup Group site.

AOL (Almost On-Line) Problems

AOL regularly goes on a tear and kicks back my e-mails as SPAM. There’s not a lot I can do about it but you have to wonder how many other false positives are undelivered by AOL. Those still using this antiquated system might consider getting a Yahoo! or Gmail account. Just sayin!

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Andy Kliss

    Hi Lee-

    I’ve been using my new 3880 and LOVE it! Back to b&w: I’m enamored by b&w, so much so that looking back through my files like you did, I found many candidates for conversion. Using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro is da bomb when converting; Photoshop can’t come close, or any other conversion plugin for that matter, IMHO. If you get sucked into b&w, take a look at Silver Efex Pro, as you won’t regret using it! Below is a link to a short little essay by John Barclay on why he likes b&w:

    http://web.me.com/johnbarclayphoto/John_Barclay_Photo/Blog/Entries/2011/3/27_B%26W_is_a_choice..html

    Enjoy!

    • Lee

      Hi Andy,
      The 3880 is an amazing printer. I haven’t yet dialed in the BW but the color prints on luster paper are amazing. The thing that most amazes me is how little ink has actually been used to date. I love those 80mL tanks. I found several sites that sell the tanks for as little as $45 each so I’m not sweating ink costs.



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