Happy New Year everyone!
With the new year comes a time for renewal - including (for me) a renewed interest in my camera and in growing my skills. With that in mind, we start this years' monthly assignments with 'conversions.'
There are so many different methods for converting your color photos to something else - black and white, chocolate, sepia, muted tones ... the list goes on. As you work your way through your holiday shots, revisit some old favorites, or jump in with 2012 material, take some time to consider your conversion process and share it with us here!
As with all of the monthly assignment threads - you may post as often as you wish (unlike the challenges which are limited to 1 submission). So jump in and let's get this year started with a bang!
Great assignment! I've actually been working on my conversions lately. Something else to consider when you're converting an image, that I've been seeing a lot on ILP, is that a converted image will look pretty flat and boring if there isn't directional lighting or a decent amount of contrast. I'd experiment with different photos, and take a look at which ones you think look like good conversions and which ones you think are less than great. Take note of the lighting and contrast that you see in them.
Here are a couple of my recent conversions. I've been using a gradient map, per GiGi's recommendation, and I really like the way they turn out.
This one was last month, but I didn't think you'd mind me sharing
awesome shares, Stephanie! The gradient map is still my go-to method for conversions at the moment. But from time to time, I will use one of the Pioneer Woman actions (when I'm in a hurry and the image will not be used for print usually).
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I will also mess around with a levels layer as well, Tracy. I don't have curves, or else I'd probably be playing around with that. I've also played around inside the gradient map. So many different ways to go about doing it.
Wow guys! Kerry ... did you use that action on all of these conversions? I might have to look into that one as these are AWESOME! That last one is so striking. Really shows how much impact a good b&w conversion can have.
I stink at conversions. I usually use Coffee Shop's creamy b&w b/c it works in Elements. When I was using the school's mac, I downloaded the airy b&w from lemondrops and LOVE it! Wish I could get it in Elements! One thing I like to do, is add a light purple and a light blue (by light I mean almost white) layer and lower the opacity to 10 or so. I like the look it gives and I do that before my B&Ws and sometimes on my regular pics.
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