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26 Nov 2010 10:06AM
Newby, to Digital Photograph, many years since I used Film or Slides. Have only took Colour snaps
as of yet, but last night I tried to convert a Colour photo to B&W.
I took it two days before the Motion comp was called, and the only motion in it is frozen. however
I put it up here, for comments, to see if I am going the right way or not ?

copydog.jpg

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GPTek Plus
8 443 1 England
26 Nov 2010 10:57AM
Eric - you haven't detailed how you have converted your image to B&W, or which software you are using for the conversion. This makes it difficult to explain how to make any changes.

untitled-1-mod-dog.jpg



I've uploaded a v quick mod of your image. Your original is very flat and lacking in contrast. I have used PS CS2 and have used a 'channel mixer' layer selected monochrome, and then re-adjusted the red, green blue levels. Put in a levels layer and adjusted the sliders to adjust the overall contrast.

As said - without knowing the software used it's very difficult to give specific help.

HTH

Geoff
26 Nov 2010 1:15PM
Geoff, I do not have any Programme yet that has Levels or Layers, All I could do was to remove
Colour to Grey and move the Lighting ect., about, I put up the best I could manage on that attempt. Thanks for your kind reply. Eric.
cats_123 Plus
11 4.3k 25 Northern Ireland
26 Nov 2010 2:11PM
try this one ...it's free Pixlr Smile
26 Nov 2010 9:37PM
Geoff, Thanks, I will try anything, thanks for the link. Eric.
Jestertheclown 6 6.7k 245 England
27 Nov 2010 2:10PM
In that case Eric, you might like to try these:

Picasa

FastStone

http://download.cnet.com/PhotoScape/3000-2192_4-10703122.html

GIMP

They're all pretty good in their own way. You'll need to experiment a bit to see which bits of each best suit your needs.

As Jeff has said, Pixlr has a lot to offer and to my mind is at least as good, and probably better than, GIMP which has traditionally been regarded as a poor man's answer to Photoshop.

It's got a far more intuitive interface as well.

Also, although I've never tried it, I reckon that just about any one of the tutorials that are available for other programmes will be perfectly usable on Pixlr. You might find that some of the tools will be in different places or have different names but, with a little perseverance, they'll still do the job.

Hope this helps.

Jester.
27 Nov 2010 3:56PM
Jester, Thanks for the above advice, but sadly you do not know that my computer is a very old
one, one that was thrown away many years ago, which my G/son got working for me to play on.
He told me then that I could not download anything on to it, as the H/D and Ram would not take it. Two weeks ago having been advised to get Picasa or Gimp, I decided to give it a try, after which I wished I had not, first Picasa stopped halfway through D/load, massage Disc full. after clearing the D/L, I was silly enough to try Gimp, with the same effect, after clearing that, the computer started crashing ' Blue Page Warnings that windows was having to close it down',
I am still getting at least one of these a day. The Pixir, I went to the site and looked at it, looked
a little beyond me, but I will go back when my G/son has looked into the Crashes, he is in no hurry, he says I must learn to do as I am told.
27 Nov 2010 9:02PM
Second Attempt, Taken today, rather far away but at full X3 on my camera.
'Hungry Birds'

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Sandgrouse 8 407 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 6:10PM
The top 2/3 has a nice pattern shot and the bottom 1/3 has all the action but the two don't seem to gel. From a black and white point of view the blacks have detail and its got a good tonal range, if i was been picky i would l the snow to be slightly whiter. For me its more the composition rather than the B&W processing.

If you upload images to the gallery you may get a quicker response, not everyone checks the forums

Rick
30 Nov 2010 6:38PM
Thank you Rick, I tried to lighten the snow, but did not know how to do it, without spoiling the Black. Eric.
Ps. The background is a hedge with snow on it.
pentaxpete 10 568 1 England
2 Dec 2010 2:24PM
You asked me to comment on this --well, I agree with Rick-- the same comments really -- on first look all I saw was the pattern of the flowers in the black hedge -- the 'main subject' the birds are hidden too dark in the bottom half -- if it was a 'film' negative then it would be easy to print it lighter on a softer grade of paper and everything would stand out better.
miptog 9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 2:48PM

Quote: Thanks for the above advice, but sadly you do not know that my computer is a very old
one, one that was thrown away many years ago, which my G/son got working for me to play on.
He told me then that I could not download anything on to it, as the H/D and Ram would not take it.



You may want to look at a new machine, as it sounds like the one you have will have difficulty in running any of the current software.
looboss 8 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 11:59PM
Well if you have an old computer, why download the programmes you cant run?

try an online editor such as this one: http://pixlr.com/editor/
has filters, layers, etc... basic but etter than nothing.
Paul Morgan Plus
13 16.6k 6 England
3 Dec 2010 12:59AM

Quote:try an online editor such as this one: http://pixlr.com/editor/
has filters, layers, etc... basic but etter than nothing



Better still, reinstall with the latest ubuntu, its surprising how much faster and better an old pc can run with this.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

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