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digital B&W workflow
Old 01-02-2005, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wanted to wish everyone a happy new year!!!

...and ask about your b&w workflow, seems like everyone has a different way.

My photoshop processing varies and rarely do I do things the same way I did a year ago. I'm using the ->lab->select highlights->greyscale->rgb->solid color layer->bla-bla-bla method its fast at a minute or two max, but wanted to probe the expert minds for new ideas :-)

BTW, I've got to get a color management solution, at least for my monitor. Of course I'd rather buy a strobe or something, so cheap is good. Any suggestions before I buy?

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Re: digital B&W workflow
Old 01-02-2005, 04:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call me lazy or practical.. but I have found that the BW Workflow Pro
Plugin from www.fredmiranda.com is the best bang for the buck (PC version is $29.90).. It has plenty of options (custom profiles, duotones, etc.) and does a great job for a low cost.

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Re: digital B&W workflow
Old 01-02-2005, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I shoot Nikons, d1x, d100 and d70 and I use Bibble http://www.bibblelabs.com/ for all my shoots. I'm selling the d100 with two lens, any takers? It has the abiity to batch process the huge amounts I shoot at times really fast and the B&W conversion is simple. Run the saturation to zero and adjust the RGB sliders to get the effect you want. A million years ago when I shot film i used a green filter to get skin tones just right. Using Bibble and the "G" slider I can pump it up or down after desaturation and get the B&W effect down fast and easy. Copy those settings to all you want to convert that way and bam! You're done!
I'm all about workflow whether it be B&W or color...




I will say there is no one tool for all the jobs. I tell this story a lot. Me Da was a carpenter. He had about 25 different hammers form 10 pound sledge to 1 ounce tack...use the right hammer for the job!
I use Fred Miranda's plugin at times for some that just need that feel. I also have some actions I made to get me through at times. Again, it depends on the image and of course where my head is at that time and place.
Pull out an image you haven't seen for over a year and just let your self go with it. I'll wager you come uip with a different image than you did the first time.
Bibble is a real work horse though for batching!
Just an opinion mind you...
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Re: digital B&W workflow
Old 01-02-2005, 08:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 B/W conversion. Its is very simple to use and gives as good of results as I've gotten with 20 other techniques I've tried. And it only takes a few seconds to use.


Here is a 30 second example.

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Have a look here Adobe Studio tutorial This is the best conversion technique that I have ever seen. I used it to create an action and if you set it up right you have amazing control of the conversion and it's quick. Looks much better than just about any other conversion process I've ever played with. Includeing a bunch I've created and the ones that Fred Miranda sells.
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