Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Close Ups/Macros

Up-close moth (black & white)

I just found this photo challenge. Black and white is challenging in the digital photography world. Traditional film b&w photography used a special type of film to enhance the contrast. I’m sure we all thought that colorizing old classic movies was a fun idea, but the execution wasn’t as cool as we hoped, because b&w really is a completely different medium from color. To get a somewhat close effect of true b&w, I bumped up both the contrast and saturation on this to the maximum before applying grayscale.


5 thoughts on “Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Close Ups/Macros”

  1. Maximum contrast and saturation first. What a great idea. I have always struggled with converting to B&W. Thanks for the tip.
    Oh yes. And a great photo, too 🙂

    1. Thanks! It took a bit of experimenting to get it the way I wanted it to look. I used to love shooting on b&w film and slides. I was so disappointed the first time I converted a digital photo to b&w (grayscale). I was really happy to come across this method. Happy to pass it on!

      1. Having my photographic “education” in the 60’s I was brought up on the new-fangled colour film. So I only started to try black and white just as digital was making a breakthrough, which meant greyscale, of course. I wish I had more experience with it.

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