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By Debbiee
I used this image to try out the draganise technique from a link provided to me by Willie (thanks Willie) I followed the tutorial as accurately as I could and the finished result made him look quite evil, so i tried to tone it down a bit by adding surface blur to his skin and converting it to black and white please let me know what you think

Tags: Children Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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20 Jun 2011 2:14PM
Not sure about the Draganise technique and having looked at his site, i'm no sure i like it. Your photo however is very nice and the B&W is lovely.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 3:15PM
This is a nice technical image. Sharp in the right places, well composed and a good conversion. Would maybe just burn in the fingers, bottom left a little.

Not sure about all these techniques and filters we hear about. Everyone to there own, but the basic photo tools in most decent editors do everything anyone might want to do 95% of the time. You have done various things to this, but, to me, it could be just a very good mono conversion from a very good colour original.

I use the histogram, the curves tool, burning and dodging tools and sharpening. All the other tools, filters and add ons are OK for occasional use for a special effect, providing it works. Just me sounding off.

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2276 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 8:42PM
It's a nice portrait, Debbie, and although I respect your desire to try this technique, I'm not sure that a child portrait lends itself favourably to it. I have seen some amazing results used on portraits of mature gentlemen with a lot of character, and tended to like it when used to add extra effect. I have also found that a lot of people who try it tend to feel the same as you, and end up toning down the effect, so I am therefore in agreement with it necessary? Good for you, anyway, trying something different, it's good to learn alternative processing, and to set ourselves challenges.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
20 Jun 2011 11:49PM
I like it. As Paul says, these filters are for special effects, and youve found Dragan doe look a little evil, - but youve done well with this one.

Debbiee 16 136 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 7:50AM
thank you again, I do agree with the comments about the dragan effect probably not for child portraits, having looked at his site I noticed he has used this on child images but I found them very disturbing and really don't want to view them again. however his photos of older gentlemen are very good and powerful images, so although I didn't like the results of this process on Daniel, the techniques did help me to produce this portrait and I believe the conversion is stronger then other black and white images I have produced. Thank you all again for your time and critique

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