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Digital Black and White Beach

February 06, 2006

digital black and white sea urchin

Converting to digital SLR was great fun but I was missing black and white photography.

I quickly discovered that digital black and white is not achieved by converting digital colour images to grayscale; this only resulted in bland, contrast-less photos.

1 year on and having played with colour channels, curves and blending of layers I am starting to get somewhere. Hopefully I will get a chance to sum it all up in a future post.

For a few more photos in this beach series, see the digital black and white photography album.

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  1. Ryan Humphreys Says:

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    Hi David. Thanks for posting those links on my blog earlier. I really appreciate it. Nice beach photos too. :D


  2. Seth Anderson Says:

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    I've had fair success with Photoshop and Quadtones, then converting back into RGB, but I agree, the black and white is not as simple with a digital as it was with film.

    Curious to read of your technique - your photos have good contrast.

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