The aim of this assignment is to show the creative effect that makes black and white photography remain relevant and modern. Adjustments made post-shoot alter tones but additionally form, texture, and contrast also need to be considered prior to taking the images and will play an important role is how well the photographs translate from colour to monochrome. I shot this assignment in Raw leaving the WB setting on automatic as I found whilst working through the exercises for part 3 that the WB control in Lightroom can also be used quite effectively to alter colours into tones.  I use Lightroom to convert my images to black and white but have no set formula, preferring to tweak until I am happy with the result! 


Jane Bown is a photographer I greatly admire and whose work I continually return to look at for inspiration. Her work is exclusively black and white, she comments “ I prefer the simplicity and directness of black and white. It emphasises the underlying patterns of light and dark and confers a natural harmony on the subject. Black and white is quiet, where colour is noisy and distracting, and I feel that it allows the personality of the sitter to come through” Introduction Pg. x Observer Books “Exposures Jane Bown” These are the qualities I aim to show with my latest set of portraits and for my third assignment I have continued with the family portraiture work started for assignment 1.

 Brief information about each image is included  below  but more detailed written notes have sent  to my tutor . Some of my written work is quite personal and I prefer to keep this offline.

1.

Picture
F4.5    1/160    ISO 100      50mm prime lens       

Taken outside using a white shed door as the background.

Custom WB @ 7682 -41 tint.

Adobe standard camera calibration setting using LR slider.

+ I stop exposure.

+ 45 Clarity

Tone curve adjustment. 



2.

Picture
F5.6      1/400     ISO 100     50mm prime lens

Tripod.   Cable release. Daylight outdoors.  Black velvet background.

Custom WB @ 5986  + 41 tint.

Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider

+ 30 Clarity adjustment.

+ 1.30 stop exposure.

Tone curve adjustment




3.



Picture
F5.6      1/400      ISO 250        50mm prime lens

Tripod. Cable release. Daylight outdoors.  Black velvet backdrop.

Custom WB @ 5100 + 20 tint. 

Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider

+18 Clarity adjustment.

+ 0.40 exposure

Tone curve adjustment.



4.

Picture
F4.5        1/160      ISO 100     50mm prime lens.

Daylight.  


Custom WB @ 5278 + 14 tint


Tone curve adjustment.


Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider

5.

Picture
F10       1.3 sec       ISO 100       50mm prime lens 


Tripod. Cable release. Light meter.
 

Indoors using available frontal light from window.
 

Off white/cream wall as background. 


Custom WB @ 5697 + 52 tint.


+ 77 Clarity adjustment


Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider.


Tone curve adjustment. 

6.

Picture
F5.6     1/40     ISO 250        50mm prime lens

Tripod. Cable release. Daylight outdoors.

Black velvet backdrop.

Daylight WB

Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider.

+ 1.25 exposure

+ 20 Clarity adjustment

Tone curve adjustment. 



7.

Picture
F4          ½ Sec         ISO 200         19mm (using 11-22mm lens).

Tripod. Cable release. Light meter (invaluable for getting exposure correct)

Taken indoors using available side and frontal window light.

Black velvet backdrop.

Custom WB @ 4045 + 147 Tint

Adobe standard camera calibration setting using LR slider

+59 Clarity adjustment

Tone curve adjustment



8.

Picture
F5       1/40          IOS 100        55mm (using 28-75mm lens) 

Daylight. Bright sunshine in a shady area of the garden.

Late August.

Custom WB @ 4200 + 22 tint

- 9 Clarity adjustment

Portrait camera calibration setting using LR slider.


 


30/10/2012 9:02am

Very interesting to see how the colour and mono versions compare and how you processed them. Your portraits are always excellent and it's good to see a whole series of them. I really admire the way you use natural light.

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