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Olympus Workspace, Crushing The Black

Olympus Workspace, Crushing The Blacks

A technique I had a lot of fun with while preparing for the 'Analog Diary, An Outing With The Konica Z-up 28' post was converting film-scan JPEG images from color to black-and-white, and in the process, learning how to use and apply the 'crush the blacks' for image enhancement.

Crushing the blacks, a cinematography technique is a term applied to the process of making relatively dark areas (black to dark gray) darker by increasing contrast in those areas, while losing some details in the process.

Olympus Workspace

On Olympus Workspace, where I do the black-and-white conversion by desaturation, crushing the blacks is a way to add more contrast to the image.

This is done by using the Tone Curve tool, where the lower-left corner of the image tonality diagonal is moved horizontally along the lower axis.

On the same token, moving the corner vertically does the opposite effect, lifting the blacks.

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As part of my learning curve, the images here are reworked from the post mentioned, which were converted and edited on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). These new conversions, now done on Olympus Workspace, will provide for a comparative study between the two software.

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Conversion on Olympus Workspace was done using the desaturation technique, with Tone Curve used to crush the blacks, supported by other edit functions including White Balance, Gradation, Clarity, Dehaze, Highlight & Shadow, and Unsharp Mask.

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These images might not be the best results yet, just the interim, for a piece of better knowledge and understanding.

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