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    What do you guyz use to convert colour shots to B+W?
    Do you shoot B+W?on camera?

    I have the std comes with camera software,Digital Photo professional + ZoomBrowser EX,I cant find B+W conversion on either of them.

    I'v been trying to focus on the camera shooting side of things and puting off diving into the PP side which I know well create some(lots)of frustration.I know that PP is a huge part of Photography and I believe thats what turns a good shot into a great one.

    Cheers Shane
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    Using the channel mixer in GIMP (free software) is a good start:
    http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Color2BW/

    There are better ways, but you will need to pay (E.g. PS & Nik Silver Efex).
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    Hi Shane,
    I don't shoot in black and white much because i like to have the option to bring back colour or desaturate or whatever at will. I use photoshop to convert to black and white. If you don't have a program that works like that you could try using picasa it's a free photo editing program , basic but fun for playing around with. http://picasa.google.com/

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    I use the Channel mixer in Photoshop as I like to control the bw process, sometimes I use masks and use several different channels to get the result I'm after (but it's very rare I do that).

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    Thanks for your imput,I DL Gimp 2(dodge name)

    With Greyscale conversion only no other adjustments


    zz by Clarkies_Pics, on Flickr

    I made some tweaks in ZoomBrouser but something went wrongI could post it in the random image blends thread


    Plates B+W by Clarkies_Pics, on Flickr
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    Nice shot...

    I see this on your flickr too:




    ...SNAP...



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    try to use lightroom 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdr-Photo View Post
    try to use lightroom 4.
    Been looking at LR4 specs,Looks like it covers all the basic stuff,would you say its good all round software package?looks like its about $190au if its downloaded.
    Looks to be quite a few tutorials on the web also.
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    Lightroom is great if you get along with it, download the 30 day trial and give it a serious go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    Lightroom is great if you get along with it, download the 30 day trial and give it a serious go.
    I tryed a few times to download trial which brought up the buy link,maybe I'll try another site.

    Is it not easy to use?IYO
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    Its easy to use if you work with its process flow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    Its easy to use if you work with its process flow.
    I use it, so it can't be that hard

    I like that it's all in one.. I can very easily import my RAW's from SD cards, adjust white balance etc and then export to web or whatever I want to do. I like how it catalogues everything, and you can create custom collections to easily find everything, along with tagging, starring, flagging images which all makes finding/sorting/filtering easy.

    Once you get used to it, there's a few more advanced options, plus the third party plugins and actions which are very easy to use. I only have Lightroom 3, but I like it a lot.

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    Been looking at LR4 specs,Looks like it covers all the basic stuff,would you say its good all round software package?looks like its about $190au if its downloaded.
    Looks to be quite a few tutorials on the web also.
    as they said try the trial first then check if you can work with it.

    lots of tutorial on web (slrlounge.com)

    thats what i did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter_1 View Post
    Thanks for your imput,I DL Gimp 2(dodge name)

    With Greyscale conversion only no other adjustments


    zz by Clarkies_Pics, on Flickr
    Slightly different edit using Adjustment/Black & White in Photoshop...



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    How did you get the car so bright and the background so dull? Did you use a filter or is this an edit using photoshop etc?

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    If you mean my shot, i just clear cut the car out and made a new layer, then desaturated the background...in PS.

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    Stic, yes it was in regards to your post. Thank you for your reply

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    How to ruin a photo in 15 minutes:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Selective...g-in-Photoshop
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesodan View Post
    Oh, i like this...

    So, by the same logic, when a photographer sets his or her camera to shoot Black and white (despite being in a colour environment) they are, in effect using B&W to ruin a photo...

    Good to know...

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    My favourite way to convert to b&w is to add a black and white gradient map and adjust with a curve. Very close to the real thing in my 30+ years of b&w darkrooming.

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