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Old 02-25-2006, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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taken today, playing 'round with my prototype homemade beauty dish. needs to be bigger I think.

not sure whether I prefer the colour or black and white.

constructive criticism welcome.



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Old 02-25-2006, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO lighting is great, as for which one, both are great and on my monitor the B&W rendition is great! but I like the color because the haircolor and background and necklace play well together. keep up the great work. dish did a great job.
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It might be the way you desaturated but the B&W (which I generally prefer) seems to have lost some detail as compared to the color. The lighting is so nice that the detail should be preserved. How did you switch to B&W? Did you simply change mode or did you desaturate. I find the later to do a much better job of preserving details.





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Both images are great I love the highlights in her hair and you have just the right amount of separation in the B&W between her hair and the background. Just the right amount of sharpening in her eyes, perfection in the catch light in her eyes just an excellent job.

The only nit pick I’ll mention is that her necklace isn’t even it shows larger beads on one side over the other.

Looks as if you used a ring light for the hair light, Geez two very nice images and I can’t say I like one over the other.

Wonderful work

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Old 02-26-2006, 05:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the kind words guys, it was my first play with the dish, think it needs to be bigger though.

my black and white conversion goes like this:

1.create a hue/saturation layer, save it as it is and set it to "colour"
2.create a second hue/saturation layer and reduce the saturation until it is B+W. save it and leave it as "normal".
3.go back into the colour layer and adjust the hue slider to taste. this has the effect of going through the various coloured filters and changes depending on the colours that in the pic. save when you are happy.
4.duplicate the colour layer and change it to "overlay". it may be very harsh to start but adjust opacity to suit. I find that if you switch the layer on and off, you get a better idea of the before and after change.

this sounds a bit long winded, but you soon get a preference of settings that can be made into an action. I tend to have the first couple of stages as an action and do the overlay bit for each photo.

any sharpening or cropping I do last.

hope this makes sense.

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