Dabbling in Black and White

by Camellia Staab February. 04, 2020 545 views

I came across a tutorial related to editing, called "dark mode". The actual steps were done on portrait photos and mostly color. Since the process was totally different than what I had seen before, I thought I would try it out. Because I am not big into portraiture I used what I had on hand. Then I thought why not process the same way as the tutorial but convert into black and white. These are the results.

What do you think? Do you like them or are they too dark?

Looking forward to your critiques.

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Lynn F Medley 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I like the first three the best, the light is really good! Composition i like with last two just the way the light comes in the first three make them more appealing to me. 🙂

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Black and white is so cool, it almost adds another dimension to a photo, and it brings out detail that even with the digital technology we have sometime black and white is the making of the perfect photo. I like them and cake... just saying

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 month, 3 weeks ago

And doughnut, don't forget doughnut. DANG! you got a short memory smile

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I just like all you do so Im not much of a critic sorry. Number #1 was my hands down favorite. Lov'n that camera! Still havent made up my mind on my next camera. Spring is my target date

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Seeing that many rotary dial phones in one place definitely required a "click, click" As for the camera....it is a beauty. I have yet to find something that I don't like about it. I have been forcing myself to use the 750 because, well because it is here and one needs to occasionally use it smile I don't know what camera you had before it got stolen, but I bet that camera will play a major factor in your decision for the future purchase.
 Thank you for liking what I do...I too like what I do smile brings me a lot of joy and keeps me on my toes .

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Russell Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I like this set of images. I think my favorites are the first three because there is a bit more contrast to them. I do like number four but honestly this one I dont know if I would go lighter or add a darker type vingette.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The first three are my favorites as well. The edit just fell into place, if that means anything. On #4 &5 especially #5 I had to push and pull  the levers in Lr until I somehow came up with what you see. The whole idea of this exercise was to have fun and learn something from others.

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Sherry Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago

quite like these.. i like the darkness, there is a softness to it.. i usually amp up the contrast, perhaps too much.. i love b/w.. #3 is beautiful..

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago

#3 turned out pretty good I thought after a second try. First try I had the bloom closest to the front illuminated and then I realized that my focus was off and the bloom was rather blurry, so I moved the "light" to the second bloom, hence drawing the eyes there. I think that is the beauty of black and white, where you can hide some of the imperfections of a capture easier than with color...my opinion.

1 month, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I love this kind of editing. Can you give me the link to this tutorial please?

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Here's the link to the video 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c25-dU0ZDfE

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Camellia

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I like them, but I think for your subjects,you need more play between light and dark. The first 3 have it. I can see this method would work very well for portraits. Different grades of dark.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The first three are the ones that in my mind fell right into that edit and grabbed my attention. The other two I played and played but wasn't quite there and still isn't there especially #5 but I went ahead with the post smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Play and learn, we all do that

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Benny Law 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I like these. I don't do a lot of black-and-white photos, but I believe you have more flexibility with how dark or how light you want them to be to achieve different vibes.

1 month, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Benny. To be hones, I am not a big fan of black and white, to me they rather "depressing:. I love color, but once in a while, depending on my mood ( by no means was I depressed when editing) some photos lend themselves well to being black and white.

1 month, 3 weeks ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Love them!  And it has been a long time since I have seen a rotary phone!  Something the young folk of today have never seen...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Abigail. I thought them to be unique when I spotted them.smile

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I like them! My favorites are #1-2, but I didn't think any of them were too dark. On a second look though, I noticed the light on the far left in #1 seems to blend in with the desk - wonder if a little tweaking would give it more definition? 
Haven't heard of dark mode, but now I want to look it up. Thanks for sharing!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the input. It's always nice to have another person see things one might have missed. I am the one that tweaked that light hence it will be easy to fix.smile

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F N 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Love the results with the dark mode edit!

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Camellia Staab Replied to F N 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you smile

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