I’ve been taking advantage of a couple of spare days to learn a little more about Photoshop, and in particular about toning and colour-to-b&w conversions. This came about partly because I was irritated by the greyish tones of the b&w images I posted the other day. B&w film negatives scanned and edited in Photoshop are pretty easy to get right- the tonal range is usually fairly predictable (at least on well-exposed frames) so editing mostly involves pushing the contrast a little to replicate darkroom processing. This generally results in images like this:
But digital images, when converted to greyscale, have much more grey and not a lot of black or white. This necessitates pushing contrast, but it results in blocky black and white and doesn’t really replicate film well. So here is a second attempt at a black and white conversion of Market Square, which took three separate processes but which I think gets closer to the look I’m after.
See any difference to the one I posted the other day? Or am I just being too picky?
Also here is an image I shot about 30secs before the one above, which I’ve played with the toning of. It’s Anna waiting for me to stop mucking about with my camera.