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Ayden Grace

Posts: 119

Accokeek, Maryland, US

I feel like I am about to get an earful, but I love this style of black and white editing. Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to achieve this? I know that I should pull the blacks up in curves, but everytime I do it, it just blanks the image out and doesn't really "carve" the image like I want to (aka, those pretty grey tones don't appear).

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/530931_4920632463675_959849331_n.jpg

Nov 06 12 07:49 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33524

Los Angeles, California, US

Why do you call that 'low contrast?'

Nov 06 12 07:51 pm Link

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Ayden Grace

Posts: 119

Accokeek, Maryland, US

Looking at it again, it is not.

Nov 06 12 07:52 pm Link

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Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Aydensgrace wrote:
I feel like I am about to get an earful, but I love this style of black and white editing. Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to achieve this? I know that I should pull the blacks up in curves, but everytime I do it, it just blanks the image out and doesn't really "carve" the image like I want to (aka, those pretty grey tones don't appear).

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/530931_4920632463675_959849331_n.jpg

This is a high contrast black and white image. If you have lightroom and look under it's default bnw presets there is one for high contrast black n white. There are other things going on with this image but that will get you started on the right track. This image looks like it might have been processed by NIK Silver black n white software which you can try for free. Many options w bnw w that software:-)

Nov 06 12 07:58 pm Link

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William Kious

Posts: 8841

Delphos, Ohio, US

The image is high contrast... the blacks are just clipped.

Nov 06 12 08:07 pm Link

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Oscar Partida

Posts: 732

Palm Springs, California, US

to answer your question
search Haze photo look and it will guide you in that direction

Nov 07 12 11:17 pm Link

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Klemens Oezelt

Posts: 35

Vienna, Wien, Austria

convert to b/w and apply a curve that looks something like this:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8617926/curve.jpg

Nov 09 12 07:28 am Link

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Robin Cordiner

Posts: 45

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Thanks! That curve is awesome. If you push the black a bit more you get some lovely subtle solarization creeping in.

Nov 10 12 04:08 pm Link