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Simon Matthews
Hi,

I have always loved BW but trying to get the right colours is proving to be somewhat annoying.

Of course there is the usual one push solution or some other simple button but these are too flat for my liking.

Does anyone have any advice or some assistance to offer.

Many thanks,



Simon...

Preferred system - Lightroom 2.3


Simon...

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want.

Simon Matthews , Photographer  posted on 08/06/2009 13:35:16   Posted 88 times

Located:Wolverhampton,West Midlands, UK
Member Since: 11/11/2008
       
Willowstone
You may have heard of Jeff Ascough, he is one several pro Photographers to be given "Ambassador" status by Canon.

He has various actions for sale on his site. I haven't tried them myself yet but from what I have seen they look good.

Go to http://www.jeffascough.net/pickpic/shop/addproduct.php?=7&productselect=5

and see for yourself

I hope this helps

Thomas
Willowstone , Photographer  posted on 08/06/2009 14:53:26   Posted 88 times

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Neil
Go to the layers tab in Photoshop click on the create new adjustment layer-at the bottom of the tab(looks like a half moon tilted slightly)-choose channel mixer from the menu-then tick the monochrome box (bottom left corner on the pop-up box)-adjust sliders to taste (just like multigrade- Member Image )
 
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Neil
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Neil , Photographer  posted on 08/06/2009 14:58:54   Posted 36 times

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nwpp
Not familiar with Lightroom I use Photoshop CS3 but what i do...

Before converting to Black and White I tend to tweak the image to get a contrasty feel to it. After converting to Black and White I go to selective colour in the adjustments panel. In selective colour I play with the black slider for black, white and neutral till i get the desired result. 

Cheers

Big Nige

P.S - I'm waffling again aren't I

nwpp , Photographer  posted on 08/06/2009 20:28:01   Posted 544 times

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LeeCollie
Quoting post from nwpp
Member Image Not familiar with Lightroom I use Photoshop CS3 but what i do...

Before converting to Black and White I tend to tweak the image to get a contrasty feel to it. After converting to Black and White I go to selective colour in the adjustments panel. In selective colour I play with the black slider for black, white and neutral till i get the desired result. 

Cheers

Big Nige

P.S - I'm waffling again aren't I

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I would agree with Neil and big Nigel, I also tweak in color before I convert to B/W. Lee Collie.
LeeCollie , Photographer  posted on 09/06/2009 01:20:05   Posted 393 times

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Simon Matthews
Quoting post from nwpp
Member Image Not familiar with Lightroom I use Photoshop CS3 but what i do...

Before converting to Black and White I tend to tweak the image to get a contrasty feel to it. After converting to Black and White I go to selective colour in the adjustments panel. In selective colour I play with the black slider for black, white and neutral till i get the desired result. 

Cheers

Big Nige

P.S - I'm waffling again aren't I

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Thanks,

Applying contrast first seams the best way ahead.  I am going to have to mess around a little until I find something I like.

I kind of like this approach changing the base image prior to desaturation.




Simon...

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want.

Simon Matthews , Photographer  posted on 09/06/2009 07:55:07   Posted 88 times

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Member Since: 11/11/2008
       
nwpp

Forget that!

nwpp , Photographer  posted on 15/07/2009 17:42:16   Posted 544 times

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stan182
yeah like others have said,just tweaking with the photo first and then converting to B W.
after converting to B W i suggest using the curves option to play around with the B W tones..works better than just increasing and decreasing brightness and contrast.
stan182 , Digital Retoucher  posted on 15/06/2010 15:53:19   Posted 4 times

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Troilus
I sometimes use Adobe RAW; play with the curves and RBG.
Troilus , Photographer  posted on 15/06/2010 16:05:53   Posted 23 times

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barone
Why are you commenting on a post that has been dead for over a year..... Member Image
barone , Photographer  posted on 15/06/2010 16:15:31   Posted 124 times

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Troilus
I Oh dear! I was commenting on the last post!!!!Must look more carefully
Troilus , Photographer  posted on 15/06/2010 18:17:01   Posted 23 times

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picsunique
Hi Simon,
Below is a link to showing you Lightroom adjustments, take note of the point slider in the video as I use this not only on B&W but also colour adjustments. I also like to play around with the saturation slider in the basics panel of LR2. Enjoy.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-lightroom-20/basics-08-special-effects/
picsunique , Photographer  posted on 16/06/2010 09:46:30   Posted 61 times

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freeofall
Hey, how did you do the BW on Photoshop you said?  Member Image
freeofall , Model  posted on 18/01/2015 19:52:59   Posted 1 times

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