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By johnbryan6
Roya is the first baby in the family for 29 years
I took this photo set on black and white as I think it doesn't take the eye away from the subject.
I would be grateful of any input or advice.

Tags: Black and white Black and white portrait

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
16 Jan 2017 9:58PM
This is a very pleasing image John.

A few things.
First, this has been uploaded with a b&W profile, i guess as you shot it in camera as black and white. Images for the web should have an sRGB profile to display correctly. You can change this profile using image editing software. in Photoshop go to Edit>Convert to Profile and choose sRGB.

Secondly, this has less than a full range of tones. Opening the Levels adjustment brings up the Histogram. I moved the black and white point sliders in to meet the edges of the graph. This improved contrast, though I did a small Curves adjustment to give a bit more brightness.

Thirdly, in-camera mono rarely gives the best results. It's not bad here I must admit, but shooting in colour and converting in software later gives you control over how the end result will look, and to your taste.

My second mod just adds a white vignette so the eye can concentrate on the newborn.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
16 Jan 2017 10:53PM
This is a really good shot from that camera.

I uploaded a minor mod, its great as it is though
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1833 England
17 Jan 2017 8:02AM
I can't add to what Keith and Willie have said. Fractionally brighter suits this. With a light subject like this, a tiny bit of exposure compensation when shooting can work wonders, especially if you don't enjoy processing. But standard 'corrective' processing, such as we all tend to do for every picture we post or print is all that's needed.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2396 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2017 9:06AM
This is really good. Many congratulations - on the image, on lovely use of natural light, on the new addition to the family, and on having acquired a beautiful model. It will be some years before she sorts out basic modelling rates in terms of sweets per quarter hour...

You will have plenty more opportunities. My main suggestion would be to rotate your angle just a little to place the head a little above the feet in the frame, to my eye it looks more 'comfortable'.

I've uploaded a mod to demonstrate, I didn't try to fill in the corners. I also made a Levels adjustment and used the dodge tool very lightly on highlights on the face.

I would echo Keith's comment - in-camera b&w limits your options massively, I would always shoot colour and then convert later. If you are interested in getting into b&w I would recommend the Nik Collection of plug-ins, available as a free download from Google. It includes Silver Efex Pro, the b&w program, which many of us use.

Always check your histogram however you shoot, and check again after conversion, a perfect colour image does not always translate automatically to perfect mono. You should be able to call up the histogram on your camera, as well as in editing software. (It's the graph that looks a bit like a cross section through a mountain range, it shows the distribution of tones in the image from darkest to lightest). Let us know if you have any difficulty with interpreting it.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2017 2:48PM
A first rate family bay shot. OK, there are possible improvements' such as a touch wider dynamic range and some added brightness, but you have done well and mono works here.

If mono interests you, it is always better to do the conversion yourself. You then have a colour original and the mono version has the tonal range you want, not some Japanese programmer!


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