Conversion Share- CC please

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Conversion Share- CC please

I was showing my DH how to adjust the aperture and SS to get the right exposure for photos (He was playing around with the camera and was getting frustrated at the pictures not turning out). Anyway, I snapped this picture of DD to show him how a picture looks when it's overexposed. The thing is, her face was so perfect, it seemed such a shame to delete it. So I played in lightroom and remembered Cazz's awesome black and whites that were more exposed. I tried it and am pretty excited about the result. Smile I figured I would share it here.

I was just wondering if it looked okay, or if I should make some more adjustments?

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Well, I believe it's one thing to do a high-key black and white, but it's another to overexpose it. You want to make sure that you still don't blow it out when you're converting. Since this one started blown, it's only going to get worse when you try to do a bright black and white. If you were to print this one out as it is, you're going to get weird spots on her face. I have an 8x10 printed out of Carson from Portrait Innovations, and his cheeks and forehead are blown. It just doesn't look right. Even my husband said something about it, and he isn't a camera/picture/artistic person at all.

Was this shot in RAW? You might be able to recover it. Especially in Lightroom 4. (Jennifer posted a free download for it). I'm not sure that I'd suggest a bright b&w for this one. You have too much contrast going on, especially in the background. I think you'd need more of a high-key set up to do a bright b&w.

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I see what you mean. Thanks for the advice. I do have it in raw, but I'm so clueless about editing I doubt I could save it. I'll chalk it up to a lesson learned. Smile Thanks