howtogeek at May 10th, 2013 11:24 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/162781/how-to-convert-your-color-photos-to-stunning-black-and-white-prints/
Converting color photos to black and white images that harken to the golden age of black and white photography is an art form. Read on as we show you how to capture the crisp contrast and mood of vintage photographs with today’s digital tools.
chd_lafreniere at May 10th, 2013 13:21 — #2
Photoshop eh? But we can convert colour photos to black & white with Irfanview... :-S
themike at May 10th, 2013 18:23 — #3
i have photoshop and corel painter but i still use paint.net w/ add-on's instead. you get in and start playing with things and you never know what you'll come up with. just know when to stop..
doctordeere at May 10th, 2013 19:45 — #4
If HTG wants to delve into advanced photo technique, focus stacking, the Orton effect and HDR would all be useful additions to Photoshop how-to articles. I know HTG has touched on the HDR subject a time or two, but it's been a while and HDR technique and software have greatly advanced in recent years (although I'm still using the same methods and software I've used for a very long time)...
straspey at May 10th, 2013 20:20 — #5
I realize the point of this article focuses on the best method to convert your color (digital) photos to black and white -- and I realize that I may take some heat for this...however...
Unfortunately, the best way to take a fabulous, well-lit and stunning black and white photograph is by using high-quality black and white film.
There's no comparison - and, no matter what software you use - it will still look like a "digital" photo.
When George Clooney made the movie "Good Night and Good Luck", about the life and career of Edward R Murrow, he decided to shoot the film in balck and white, to give the film a more historical and true-to-life look, from the days before the days of color television.
However - Clooney did not shoot the movie on black and white film. He shot it in color, and then used a digital post-production technique to literally suck the color out of the film and retrovert it to black and white.
Unfortunately, he did not light the film for black and white - like they would have in an old movie - so the result was flat and disappointing. Anybody who had any sense about making a movie in black and white could easily tell it was a digital effect.
I'm sure converting from color to black and white can be very creative and produce some great results, but - like the difference between a recording made originally in analogue with 24 tracks and released on vinyl - and the same recording digitally "remastered" on CD -- there's really no comparison - in my humble opinion.
boysha at May 11th, 2013 13:19 — #6
The EGO on you....The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor for David Strathairn, Best Director for Clooney and Best Picture. And you are saying that the result was disappointing and flat.... I am sure that you would have done a much better job only you probably didn't feel like it...
straspey at May 11th, 2013 20:53 — #7
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor for David Strathairn, Best Director for Clooney and Best Picture
Yes -- and ?
So what ? -- What does that have anything to do with the point I was trying to make ?
The fact that the film received a few Oscar nominations does not prove anything.
And you snide personal insults will get you very far around here.
Thanks for sharing.
straspey at May 11th, 2013 21:00 — #8
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scott_vt at December 9th, 2013 21:36 — #11
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