Favorite Black and White Conversion Methods

As you can tell from the header adjustments, a new eBook is coming out in a few weeks, and I would like to devote a bit of it to some user generated thoughts, so now’s your chance – tell me, what are your favorite methods for black and white conversion methods on your images?

Personally, I have a few presets in Lightroom and a few templates in Photoshop that I use regularly to make some default black and white conversion adjustments, then I do a bit of manual massaging and tweaking depending on the photo itself.  In the upcoming eBook, I am going to cover these black and white conversion methods in detail, and even share a few of my own favorite presets as well.  All that said, I would very much like to hear your thoughts and methods that you use.

Here’s a few options to kick start the thoughts in the comments section:

  1. In Camera (changing your camera settings)
  2. In Photoshop via Channel Mixer
  3. In Photoshop (or Lightroom) via Hue/Saturation adjustments
  4. In Photoshop (or Lightroom) via canned templates or pre-sets.
  5. A combination of canned settings and manual adjustments.

You’ll get much more detail in the upcoming eBook, so if you are interested in learning any of the above techniques, don’t forget to pre-register for it at half off the regular price.  This one is gonna be a doozy of an eBook, and there’s only two weeks left!  If you want to get the announcement when the eBook comes out, subscribe from the link below


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Center Objects in Photoshop

Centering Objects

This tutorial is a short two minute tutorial on how to center Objects in Photoshop.  The video was done using Photoshop CS2, but the practice remains the same through the Creative Cloud iterations as well.  Since the ability to center objects in Photoshop is a not only a common thing that many people do with imagery of many types, one could say that centering objects could be a “timeless tip”! That said, I figured it’d be worth sharing here, especially since the video itself is less than two minutes.  There are several other tutorials, tips, and tricks in both text, image-supported, and video varieties, so be sure to check out other blog posts for tutorials, articles, and good content that you can really sink your teeth into – including this one Applying Gradients in Photoshop

In this video for how to center objects in Photoshop, I used text, but it really would work with any object you want to have completely centered across an entire image area. Check it out – it’s only 2 minutes total! Thanks for watching, and if you have any suggestions for other Photoshop tips and tricks, let me know in the comments!

Photography Reflections

Water Reflections

Photography Reflections

After last week’s post where I asked for your thoughts, a number of readers have voted for more articles.  This is great insight, and thanks to everyone who stopped in to vote.  It gave me a lot to consider and reflect on in terms of where the next chapter of this photography blog takes me, you, and us – sort of a photography reflections, if you will.

Part One – To continue or not

Part of the goal there was to see where you wanted me to take the blog, or even if it is worth pursuing further.  As we all know, the time to devote to hobbies is a precious commodity which many of us have in short supply.  This means that in order for me to justify the time spent – whether it’s personal gratification or financial, or even a kind word now and then, at least one if not many of those elements need to be present.

With the supersaturation of blogs, articles, podcasts and content in the photography space, it’s hard to justify from a financial or the support of the online community.  No one comments on blogs anymore it seems – at least, I should say from my perspective that is the case.  Others may command a large audience, but I am definitely not in the top producers of content in terms of “market share”.  Others are better at it, can devote more time to it, and can reap rewards from all of the above three categories.

This means that the only reason I have anymore is personal gratification.  It’s tough to justify continuing to publish content when it seems I am speaking to a silent audience, so I would ask that if you like an article, post, or other topic – please let me know.  I like to see comments, insights, thoughts, and feedback from others.  If you’re so inclined to say thanks – consider buying me a cup of coffee to help with the ongoing cost of maintaining this site.  I have decided not to pursue ad revenue or eBook revenue at this time primarily because the market share/visibility just isn’t there.

These are my mental reflections from over the last seven days.  But in keeping with that themne – I have some photographic reflections to share as well.  This time of year is great for reflection-themed photography because it’s nearly Spring!  Lots of rain means lots of puddles, and the reflections that can come from these environments can really be a lot of fun.  It doesn’t matter whether you are shooting with an SLR, a mirrorless, point-and-shoot, or even your smart phone  – it’s more about creating compelling content.  Case in point – three photos I took last week:

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