Questions about B&W Conversion Workflow:

Relating to B&W Conversion Handout for B&W Printing Workshop – Photo68b:

Dodging & Burning Techniques:

  1. Which is a more effective method for dodging and burning? Using Method #1 (Layer>New Layer>Overlay, X Fill 50% Gray w/ Brushes) in B&W Conversion Handout OR using Curves Method #2 (see Two techniques here:  Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option#1, when using this Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B, OR Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option #2-Faster TechniqueANSWER: Sorry, there really isn’t one answer here. It depends on your image and the time you have. I find it faster to use the Overlay and Fill 50% gray. When using Curves Technique #1, it takes some time but with the Luminosity Blend Mode set, you won’t alter the color of your image. I also like the impact of the “S-Curve” for contrast in this method.  With Method #2 for Curves you will get some color saturation when you Burn).

  1. TIP for Dodging and Burning for Method #1  – You can now use the Dodge & Burn tools (instead of Brushes) to Dodge/Burn on your Overlay, 50% Gray Layer (used to be that D&B tools would paint with color or gray, they improved that). For Range in Options Bar, typically you will concentrate on the midtones. Keep Exposure low, at 5%-30% or so. This technique is not as dramatic as when you use Paint Brushes and it can be good for Dodging/Burning Faces.  Zoom into 300% for more control on smaller areas. Zoom out often to see entire image.
  2. TIP for Dodging & Burning for Method #2 w/ Curves – when using Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B

B&W Adjustment Layer:

  1. Is it OK to use Hand or Target Adjustment Tool (Hand Icon) in B&W Adjustment Layer? It is just fine to do this, just try not to go to extremes with the sliders as that is what really will harm your image. You can get harsh transitions between areas, banding. To avoid this, keep your eye on the image as you drag the sliders or hand. Leave your Histogram Palette open as you drag the B&W sliders to make sure you aren’t clipping (or losing information) in your image. See bottom of this page: “Keeping an Eye on the Histogram”.

Using Lightroom for B&W Conversion

  1. B&W in Lightroom: This is from the Pictage.com blog.  I use Pictage for my wedding and portrait business to upload and sell images. They often have interesting Tutorials.  Check it out: B&W CONVERSIONS IN LIGHTROOM!

Some B&W Printing Profiles for Epson 3880 & 3800

* Read suggested Paper Type Settings and Special Print Profile Settings on same pages as profile downloads
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