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    Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Hi Guys,

    I have seen many portrait pics that are really really so rich in texture and detail. The subject(mainly face of a person) will have grungy kind of highlights/details but the space around the subject will be black/dark. something like these pics,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1653669...lajimaheshwar/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayashok...lajimaheshwar/

    I am curious to know what kind of processing will be involved in such pics. I know processing plays a major role in these kind of pics. If someone can throw some light about this it would really help me a lot

    Thanks

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    just 3 letters HDR.

    Cheers:

    Allan

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    great images there..Ashok saravanan is one of my fav b/w photographer.he and his some friends come up with good crispy grungy b/w potraits. i think they use the high pass filter in photoshop to reveal the details . There is an effective use of burn and dodge combined with masking , and usage of a plugin preferably silver efex pro.

    one of my pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/praphul...in/photostream

    the workflow given below can be of some help i think :
    http://www.photobotos.com/black-and-white-work-flow/

    cheers

    Praphul

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Agree, the High Pass Filter is very effective for this sort of image.

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    Followed the black and white work flow from the photobotos site that Praphul mentioned, not sure I like hubby that grungy
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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy Stanford View Post
    Followed the black and white work flow from the photobotos site that Praphul mentioned, not sure I like hubby that grungy
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    tats wondeful pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy Stanford View Post
    Followed the black and white work flow from the photobotos site that Praphul mentioned, not sure I like hubby that grungy
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    Great image can u post the original image if possible

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Quote Originally Posted by praphul View Post
    great images there..Ashok saravanan is one of my fav b/w photographer.he and his some friends come up with good crispy grungy b/w potraits. i think they use the high pass filter in photoshop to reveal the details . There is an effective use of burn and dodge combined with masking , and usage of a plugin preferably silver efex pro.

    one of my pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/praphul...in/photostream

    the workflow given below can be of some help i think :
    http://www.photobotos.com/black-and-white-work-flow/

    cheers

    Praphul


    Thanks mate.. that's a great image and great tips too

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Hi Vinodvvk, original image that I converted using the Photobotos process, I like the concept, but perhaps not quite so dark.
    Cheers


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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Poor fellow - he is 30years younger in colour.

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy Stanford View Post
    Hi Vinodvvk, original image that I converted using the Photobotos process, I like the concept, but perhaps not quite so dark.
    Cheers


    Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    That's cool. The processing is really appealing.
    I jus have a doubt,
    I can see the background is originally yellow(if i am right ) but after processing its pitch dark. All i want is this. Is there any specific thing u have done to get BG pitch black or its a part of process steps mentioned in that link?

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Hi Vinodvvk, the black background is part of the Photobotos process, you use a black brush, I like the process but would try on a subject that is not so close.

    Pnodrog, hubby agrees, he thought more than 30 though

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    Re: Regarding "Portrait" processing (Black and White)

    Google Dragan effect. I'll try to find relevant article with step by step instructions for the gritty look.
    I don't have HDR, so I use this method.
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