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Hi thereGot a couple of Q's regarding PP -.

1. I beleive everyone has a kind of general fixed workflow for PP that they most commonly use - if this understanding of mine is correct - would be great if you can share your typical PP workflow?.

2. I've been thinking of working actively on B&W - what is the best way to ensure most amount of detailing and yet change a photo to B&W through Photoshop CS3? And yes - any other software you would reccomend for making BWs?.

Thx!P..

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Geekybiz wrote:.

Hi thereGot a couple of Q's regarding PP -.

1. I beleive everyone has a kind of general fixed workflow for PPthat they most commonly use - if this understanding of mine iscorrect - would be great if you can share your typical PP workflow?.

2. I've been thinking of working actively on B&W - what is the bestway to ensure most amount of detailing and yet change a photo to B&Wthrough Photoshop CS3? And yes - any other software you wouldreccomend for making BWs?.

Thx!P.

I try to get the shot right the first time to avoid a lot of time in the digital darkroom & use one of these programs, depending on need. IrfranView, Corel Paint Shop Pro XI, & Adobe Photoshop Elements 5. PSE 5 handles most of my RAW work 98% of the time, I like the healing brush in it, PSP XI, I like the ease of use with the mouse left & right buttons for cloning instead of PSE 5 alt & click..

IrfanView, I use for minor tweaks & it reads raw files among others. for BW conversion I like IrfanView, it's the best for me(I use to have a BW darkroom).

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Buckl/ the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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Oh common - no one else has a reply on this?? !!..

Comment #2

You don't say what camera you use. I PP with Nikon Capture NX which may or may not have relevance to you. How do I know?Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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Geekybiz wrote:.

Hi thereGot a couple of Q's regarding PP -.

1. I believe everyone has a kind of general fixed workflow for PPthat they most commonly use - if this understanding of mine iscorrect - would be great if you can share your typical PP workflow?.

2. I've been thinking of working actively on B&W - what is the bestway to ensure most amount of detailing and yet change a photo to B&Wthrough Photoshop CS3? And yes - any other software you wouldreccomend for making BWs?.

Thx!P.

Do you shoot in RAW or Jpg's?Each format has a different workflow..

A RAW file is like a negative that needs "developing" in a RAW converter.Jpg's are "developed" in camera depending on your settings..

A good work-flow using Adjustment layers can be found here:.

Http://www.radiantvista.com/...hotoshop-reference-essential-adjustment-layers.

The Raw converter in CS3 allows great control over individual colours to create a great B&W image..

CS3 also has a B&W adjustment layer that I prefer to use and again allows control over the Reds, Yellows, Greens, Cyans, Blues and Magenta's..

Http://www.pbase.com/carrhighlander..

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I use Nikon D40 in RAW mode..

Chris Elliott wrote:.

You don't say what camera you use. I PP with Nikon Capture NX whichmay or may not have relevance to you. How do I know?Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Geekybiz wrote:.

1. I beleive everyone has a kind of general fixed workflow for PPthat they most commonly use - if this understanding of mine iscorrect - would be great if you can share your typical PP workflow?.

Mainly because I already have. *grin*http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1014&message=27145351.

2. I've been thinking of working actively on B&W - what is the bestway to ensure most amount of detailing and yet change a photo to B&Wthrough Photoshop CS3? And yes - any other software you wouldreccomend for making BWs?.

B&W photos are a cat. And as you know there are many ways to skin one. Truth is that every image will differ in what brings out the best B&W. Learn several different methods and be ready to use them all if you have to..

Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

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Hey ChefZiggy!Thanks for pointing me to that thread - helps a lot!.

P.

ChefZiggy wrote:.

Geekybiz wrote:.

1. I beleive everyone has a kind of general fixed workflow for PPthat they most commonly use - if this understanding of mine iscorrect - would be great if you can share your typical PP workflow?.

Mainly because I already have. *grin*http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1014&message=27145351.

2. I've been thinking of working actively on B&W - what is the bestway to ensure most amount of detailing and yet change a photo to B&Wthrough Photoshop CS3? And yes - any other software you wouldreccomend for making BWs?.

B&W photos are a cat. And as you know there are many ways to skinone. Truth is that every image will differ in what brings out thebest B&W. Learn several different methods and be ready to use themall if you have to..

Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

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There are many ways to do bw conversions. The main thing to understand is that BW conversion is not just removing the color. Different colors can be converted to different shades of grey. Sometimes I will change the colors in a picture in stranges ways in order to a certain effect in the conversion. See a couple of my bw galleries below.http://scorsone.smugmug.com/gallery/5234762_v9qdBhttp://scorsone.smugmug.com/gallery/4481958_pH94EJoehttp://scorsone.smugmug.com..

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Michael Freeman has a good book on B&W conversion using CS3. As someone mentioned the key to the conversion is in the color channels...

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