Another Conversion Question

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reeveslady's picture
Joined: 11/23/05
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Another Conversion Question

I was playing around with my Speedlight and directional lighting last night and decided to play with Photoshop Elements and B&W conversions this morning. I think the comp is off in this one, but I love the light in her eyes. Which conversion do you like better? Anyone have any conversion tips for PSE?

Settings: ISO 400, 1/60 sec, f/4.5, 56mm on my 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 and Speedlight on 1/8 or 1/4 power


Conversion using Hue/Saturation mask and Brightness/Contrast mask:

Conversion using PSE's Convert to B&W tool, Urban/Snapshot style and adjusted red, green, and contrast sliders:

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

First one looks pretty good. Second one looks blown on the side of her face.

I convert by using a Gradient Map layer then playing with a Levels and/or Brightness Contrast layer.

KatieWillis's picture
Joined: 07/01/07
Posts: 1441

I prefer the second one to be honest. It may be a little blown on her face, but it doesn't bother me. I only use Lightroom, so I have no advice Smile

reeveslady's picture
Joined: 11/23/05
Posts: 1423

Thanks, girls. I'm going to have to look into the gradient map thing.

*goes away and looks at a few things*

Wow, that's much better than going to Hue/Saturation and just sliding down the saturation Smile Me likey!

EL2's picture
Joined: 12/05/07
Posts: 1665

Yes, use gradient map on PSE - it'll be much easier for conversion. You can select the side of her face that is bright and tone it down a bit so when you do conversion/adjustment it won't be blown.