Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mobile Photography: Huffy Is A Red Bicycle

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Huffy Is A Red Bicycle

Huffy Is A Red Bicycle
'Your smartphone is probably just as good for converted to black-and-white shots'

If you shoot in JPEG and wanted to create images in black-and-white, the advice is still to shoot in color and do the conversion to black-and-white in post-processing.

By doing so you are preserving all the color information of the image, and when you do the conversion on a non-destructive image editor, you can always go back to the original image any time you want to or you can re-edit the images to suit the presentation or set it to post-processed to the model you are after.

Black-and-white images taken off the camera setting or converted in-camera tends to be rather flat and may look lifeless. This is where the advantage of editing images in post-processing is. I use Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) as my image management and editing software which I find is adequate enough for all my editing and black-and-white post-processing needs.

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Huffy, the bicycle in the masthead image above, does look rather splendid when converted to black-and-white. Same with rest of the images, which was shot on the Nokia Lumia 720, the conversion was done on OV3 with Monochrome & Sepia tool with the red color filter added and the contrast slider set to 60%. The image was further tweaked with Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction edits.

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If you have yet to go into post-processing, learn more about your camera's setting for black-and-white conversion, and you still might end up with a few good black and white images, but that's all that you can do with it. Soon enough you will have the urge to do the conversion yourself on installed image editors and this is where you will have all the look and feel of your final images.


Resource Links: Why It's Still Important to Shoot In Black And White
15 Reasons The World Looks Better In Black And White

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