My Favorite B&W Techniques

Photoshop offers a variety of methods for converting an image from color to black & white. Here are some of my favorite techniques, which always give me far better results than would simply converting an image to grayscale or desaturating the image.  These techniques are based on the Photoshop CS3 command set, but should be fairly easy to apply using similar commands in prior versions of Photoshop as well as in CS4.

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Original Color Image
Grayscale Conversion
Grayscale Conversion

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Nikkor-P 1200mm + 5D + EF 2X II

Though the first test was a success, the experiment left me wondering if I could take it one step further and throw my Canon EF 2X II extender into the mix to get an effective 2400mm combination to work.

Canon EF 2x II
Canon EF 2x II Extender

Earlier this month I discussed my preliminary experiment with the Nikkor-P 1200mm f/11 lens on a Canon EOS 5D using a third-party adapter. Though the first test was a success, the conditions under which I took my first photographs of the moon with this combination were less than ideal. High humidity and intermittent cloud cover from our annual monsoon season in Tucson affected the clarity of the images, and I was left to wonder what the results would be under better conditions. Also, the last experiment left me wondering if I could take the test one step further and throw my Canon EF 2X II extender into the mix to get an effective 2400mm combination to work.
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Thinking of becoming a model?

Like photography, modeling is a business. Do you really have what it takes? And where does one even begin?

115211_000032You’ve got the look. People are always telling you that you should get into modeling.  Well, it may or may not be obvious, but just as photography is about more than just having a good camera, modeling is about far more than simply how you look.  Like photography, modeling is a business.   Do you really have what it takes?  And where does one even begin?

Check out modelingtip.com for a wealth of information and advice for aspiring models and actors, from how to get started with a portfolio to working with agencies, and everything in-between.