Trials & Errors with B&W

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I think you did well, Sam!
For me, B&W conversions are often a matter of making choices.
If you get what you set out for, you succeeded.

I like the "look" from your model in #1. Cool scene - but difficult lighting.

The gentle softness in #2. Is that some selective colouring in the eyes?
I would crop somewhat tighter around the cat.

#3 would be my favourite. Black on Black except for the piercing eyes.
Here I would crop out the light spot on the left of the cat.
 

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Just like any photograph, you need to start with good composition, subject interest and sharpness.

Of these, #2 is the best, but appears soft.

Strong B&W images involve the variations of tonal values from black to white as opposed to color defining parts of the image.
 
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The first one would be better without the camera. The second one is out of focus. The third one needed a lighter background or some rim light. IMHO, black and white photos need more contrasting shapes and light/dark areas. Dramatic light and rich shadows are to be strive for.
 

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You said it in your intro: BW is difficult and I fully agree!
There are so many ways to pp, and you have to get a much better comp as in color, that it's usually very good to follow Tri's advice here. Try redoing 'old' pictures in BW, try extreme contrast etc etc. For me it's stil an ongoing struggle to get consistent good results!
 
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I think you did well, Sam!
For me, B&W conversions are often a matter of making choices.
If you get what you set out for, you succeeded.

I like the "look" from your model in #1. Cool scene - but difficult lighting.

The gentle softness in #2. Is that some selective colouring in the eyes?
I would crop somewhat tighter around the cat.

#3 would be my favourite. Black on Black except for the piercing eyes.
Here I would crop out the light spot on the left of the cat.

Bart, I really appreciate your kind comments. And you are quite right #3 definitely needs the white on the left removed. On #2 I did try for some selective coloring on the eyes. Thanks so much!:smile:
 
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Just like any photograph, you need to start with good composition, subject interest and sharpness.

Of these, #2 is the best, but appears soft.

Strong B&W images involve the variatios of tonal values from black to white as opposed to color defining parts of the image.

I appreciate the comments Karen. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment.:smile:
 
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The first one would be better without the camera. The second one is out of focus. The third one needed a lighter background or some rim light. IMHO, black and white photos need more contrasting shapes and light/dark areas. Dramatic light and rich shadows are to be strive for.

Tri, appreciate the comments.:smile:
 
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You said it in your intro: BW is difficult and I fully agree!
There are so many ways to pp, and you have to get a much better comp as in color, that it's usually very good to follow Tri's advice here. Try redoing 'old' pictures in BW, try extreme contrast etc etc. For me it's stil an ongoing struggle to get consistent good results!

Rob, I appreciate the comments. :smile:
 
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Great advice here! Of the three, #2 is my favorite. I like Rob's idea of going back to some old shots and try converting them. Sometimes an old photo that was just so-so in color will by dynamic in b&w. It's a whole new adventure!
 

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