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:

Ladies riding the Metro home, Paris.

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.

Market Square

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.

Anna in the Mist


About Muzungu

I’m a Uganda-based freelance photographer (and occasional writer) working for a broad range of clients including NGOs, newspapers and magazines and development agencies. My work has taken me across East Africa, South America and Europe, and previous clients include USAID, the World Bank and the East African. I also work on personal documentary projects in my spare time. If you’d like to hire me or to know more, please feel free to get in touch.
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1 Response to Toning

  1. mugambwa robert says:

    hey its lovely checking your diary . its inspired me the more love u

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