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Moody boy..

By Sayuti84
I trying to create BW photo.
Post editing flow in GIMP
1. Extract green
2. Extract blue
3. Vignette 50% opacity

Would love to get beneficial guide to improve my technique.

Tags: Black and white Black and white Potraits and people Kids portrait Beginners Photography

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4095 Canada
5 Oct 2018 1:22PM
Its a nice pose.

The way youve converted to mono may have resulted in his fave appearing a little underexposed, - hard to tell; its also possible, since is close to Noon, if hus face was shaded. In that case, using the flash on the camera as a fill-flash would be beneficial.

Ive lifted exposure on his face a little, and made blacks = black, - the fact black is a little light might also have caused low contrast. Removed a small light triangle in the background just above his head.

Mods are also cropped square with eyes on a third, and sharpened. Second mod had a slight glow effect to be a little softer.

Setting look ok, though with a child, a faster shutter would be safer, - you know how quickly they can move!



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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2168 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2018 1:27PM
Hi Sayuti, nice to see you here again!

Willie's first modification does what I wanted to do - it cuts off wasted space, brightens the child, and gets rid of that 'cone' on his head.

Could you upload the original please as a modification? I don't use GIMP, but your workflow as described in the narrative to this looks a bit odd.

First priority - look at the light! Then - watch out for distractions... Think beyond straightforward 3 x 2 format...

Well done to get down to his eye-level, and focusing on those eyes - that's the strong element here. It treats him with respect.
5 Oct 2018 2:15PM
Thanks you so much on the comment and advice given. I will take note on that.
I really appreciated it.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1603 England
5 Oct 2018 8:08PM
A couple of thoughts.

First, camerawork. The original is a bit underexposed, and a good original is always the best basis for a good monochrome. You used Manual mode - this is only a good option if you understnad exposure well. Otherwise, Aperture priority works well for most things. Also, I'd suggest going closer, or using a longer lens.

To be honest, the vignette is unnecessary, as there's some fall-off in tone towards the corners anyway.

The big thing, though, is to look at the contrast when you've done the conversion. If youv've ended up with a lot of grey, boost the contrast.

I used the greyscale function in Gimp, cropped, and adjusted Levels to boost the contrast, and brighten the midtones.

You get definite plus points for getting down low to shoot - this works very well indeed.
6 Oct 2018 3:52AM
Thank you for those for manual mode: i found the photo was too bright when using ap mode. Then I switched to manual mode 😅.
I would consider to buy longer lens in near future😁 until i can obtain n produced a good looking photo as uols.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1603 England
6 Oct 2018 1:57PM
Thank you for the response.

A couple more thoughts...

Along with Aperture priority, I always have a finger close to the exposure compensation control. Well worth finding on your camera. There will be a button to press nad hold, and then you just turn the control dial...

And even with a 50mm lens (which would be the one I had on your camera all the time, as it's the perfect portrait lens) moving a little closer does the job nicely. It's very nearly the equivalent of an 85mm on full frame, and you don't need to go much closer!
6 Oct 2018 3:15PM

Quote:Along with Aperture priority, I always have a finger close to the exposure compensation control. Well worth finding on your camera. There will be a button to press and hold, and then you just turn the control dial.

I will try to practice the method given. Thank you sir for sharing the knowledge.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2018 9:31PM
Love the facial expression...
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