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- Black fill/color blend layer simulation – Photoshop and Elements
- Channel Mixer – Photoshop
- L-Channel – Photoshop
- Hue/Saturation (Desaturate) – Photoshop and Elements
- And of course, do not do a simple mode change to grayscale – dull result!
Three of the best that I had found, prior to CS3, were:
- This was my favorite. Tom Niemann of epaperpress.com developed a technique that uses filter, contrast and black fill/color blend layers to create a black and white image. Easy and offers lots of control and creates superb results. This works with Elements 6. See Contents>Black & White>Black & White on their webpage for actions and explanation.
- Channel mixer – first choice in most books provides good results, but is hard to use and takes a lot of practice. I used this till I found the technique above. Here are some references: Ian Lyons and Glenn Mitchell (Lights Right Studio). You cannot do this in Elements.
- This L-channel based technique was developed for west coast photographer Greg Gorman by Rob Carr. It creates outstanding images and has lots of followers. Greg Gorman’s website has a synopsis for the technique under “Learn”. There is a good overview of this technique at Design By Fire. I think this technique creates stunning images. But, it is hard to understand and control. Google “rob carr bw conversion” for info in message boards, etc. You cannot do this in Elements.
Digital Outback Photo has a treasure trove of info on printing black and whith Work in the RGB mode. Do not use gray scale conversion, as it throws all sorts of data away. Printers – You can get good, but not truly neutral black and white image from a “color” photo inkjet printer using available profiles. Suggest you use a profile that matches the printer and paper that you plan to use. You should be able to get this from the paper manufacturer. Most good paper suppliers provide custom profiles for their papers for popular printers.
If you want to get true neutral black and white images using a color photo inkjet printer, you will need to use an RIP or create monochrome profiles. Several inexpensive and shareware RIPs are available. Also, there are several companies that make black and white ink sets, but you need to dedicated a printer to use them. I’ve never tried either, so someone else will need to jump in here. Many claim success on the internet.
Canon, Epson and HP all now make inkjet printers that are designed specifically for black and white. Monochrome ICC Profiles – I discussed the problem of printing black and white with several people who provide paper specific profiles and was told that the profiles are optimized for color prints and will not necessarily provide neutral black and white prints. Colorvision has recently come out with a black and white profiling kit. One can create custom profiles with PrintFIX PROÂ™ 2.0 for any combination of printer, paper and ink. Print a test grayscale target for black and white, measure with the included Spectrocolorimeter, and PrintFIX PRO™ creates a custom ICC profile optimized for monochrome printing.
Since we do not know what software our judges will use to view our Projected Images, it makes sense to revert to the sRGB default color space. That way, one is ensured that the judge is seeing the image colors as close as possible to what you intended. The software that DCC uses to show images and slide shows at the meetings also assumes sRGB color space.
If you leave the color space as Adobe RGB and the image is viewed with un-color managed software, the image will appear desaturated. See the example below – B is an Adobe RGB image viewed on an unmanaged platform as sRGB and A is the same image converted to sRGB. See instructions on how to convert your image to sRGB using Photoshop, Elements and Picasa.
Image by Dan Dan Meredith
A monochrome image is defines as:
An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A grayscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.
The short answer is, no spot color but shades of a tint, like sepia for example, are expectable.
- Impact (or interest) has to do with originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, mood, action, humor, etc.
- Composition looks at the arrangement of all elements within the image area. Is the subject matter presented in a harmonious, balanced manner without distractions?
- Technique has to do with technical execution in capturing and preparing a print or projected image. Is the image well lit, sharp, properly exposed with good color, and properly presented.
If you would like to delve into each of these attributes in more detail, read on.
Impact (or interest) is all about first impressions and how a viewer reacts to the image. An image with great impact makes the judge think “wow” before analyzing the image in detail. This may result from the subject matter itself or from the colors, lighting or composition. It can be anything that distinguishes an image from others taken of the same subject. Some elements that may positively or negatively effect the impact of an image are:
- Creative seeing
- Unique subject or lighting
- Story-telling elements
- Strong mood
- Unusual camera angle, position or tilt
- Color used to add impact or tension to the image
- Depiction of motion
- Unusually high or low key subjects
- Weather conditions
- Wide angle, telephoto, close-up or macro lens perspective
- Clichéd subject matter
Composition is concerned with the major elements in the scene as well as their location, particularly the center-of-interest and its supporting elements and background. Some factors that may effect the image composition are:
- Recognizable center-of-interest balanced with the other elements
- Main subject is set off from supporting elements
- Distractions that compete with the main subject
- Image is not too busy
- Strong design elements such as (leading) lines, curves, circles and angles.
- Placement of elements in the scene
- Use of compositional techniques such as rule of thirds, odd numbers and level horizon
- Eye easily travels around the image
- There is room for the subjects to look or move into
- Use of foreground and background to provide spatial relationships
- Choice of format – horizontal, vertical, square or panorama
Technique is generally concerned with capture exposure, focus and depth-of-field. It also addresses how the image is finally presented as a print or projected image. A technically perfect image will not score well if it is not interesting and well composed. Some factors that may impact the judges perception of technique are:
- Image is sharp where it needs to be sharp
- Camera is steady with no unintended subject-motion blur
- Blurred subject or background to show motion
- Eyes are sharp with catch light
- Good exposure and contrast
- Detail maintained in both highlights and shadows
- Proper color or tonal balance throughout
- Depth-of-field and selective focus are appropriate for scene
- Image processing techniques can have a significant impact on the final image. Some of these include color balance, saturation, tonal range and contrast, sharpening, selection artifacts, banding, noise, resolution, and color space
- Choice of print paper and matting
If you are on a Mac, you might consider FotoMagico.
Are there some general guidelines for preparing a slideshow, such as, overall length or how long to show an image?
Ken Zapp put together a super guide for producing slideshows.