Favorite Time of Day

by Camellia Staab March. 10, 2019 265 views

Is when I have my cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The house is quite. The day is new and every thing is in slow motion. Life is good!

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I chose to use Heidi's system of converting to black and white using the black & white adjustment layer and gradient map in Photoshop. Your thoughts?

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

Definitely the B&W. And I also love the composition of the image. Thanks for sharing Heidi's system

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

The system is definitely growing on me.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

The black and whites look really nice, and all of them capture that feeling of comfort with the first cup of the day.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks Bethany.

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Heidi Egerman 1 year, 8 months ago

I like these. What did you think about the process? We're you able to use the gradient editor to adjust the blacks and whites? I like the closer in shot (#4). Love the low key look. I continue to play with this technique to see what I can get. 

So glad you tried this.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year, 8 months ago

I really like the process. Used both the b/w adjustment layer and the gradient map. Went through the presets on the adjustment layer and landed on the neutral density, which seems to be my favorite so far ( of course I had to play with the sliders because that is what I do all the time...slide this slide that and then start all over) BTW I also learned that the little hand on the layer mask can be used to click and drag on the image allowing it to move the sliders individually). When you say gradient editor..what are you referring to because once I used the map I went into the curves and adjusted the white/black that way. I saved the links you had posted but haven't looked at them. I just used your steps in the narrative as my tutorial.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 8 months ago

I think you learned more than I did. I do need some clarification. 
I assume you chose the preset in the black and white layer. Right?
Then, still in the black and white layer you used the hand, which turns to an eye dropper until you click someplace on the image. Right? This would adjust the black and white based on the color filter of the color you were over in the image. This is cool, I did not know this. 

The gradient map editor shows up if you click in the black to white shaded row. Below this are two boxes, dither and reverse. When you click anywhere in this gradient box, the 'Gradient Editor' box pops up. 

There you can use the stops in the row, right below 'smoothness' to lighten the lights and darker the darks using the slider. Or you can grab the center diamond and adjust the midtones. I am still playing with this to get a better feel for what is possible. You were probably able to get the same things (or better) in curves. I don't know curves very well. That is what I am studying this week, along with luminosity. 

I'm glad you tried this. And that I could learn from your experience.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year, 8 months ago

The answer to all the above questions are yes and I did finally find the gradient map. I am not totally comfortable with the curves but I feel it can easily played with by pulling and pushing until the right mix shows up and when all fails there is always the reset button :)

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Love your examples here. I like both treatments......
Great shots!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks Jay, the b&w has grown on me smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 8 months ago

My pleasure, Sis!
I can certainly see why! 
Rock On!!!

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Björn Roose 1 year, 8 months ago

Nice work on the black and white. Looks like kind of magic smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks Bjorn. I'll give some of the credit to Heidi for posting the steps.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

It seems to work fine. Gives a soft natural look.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you Peter smile

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