A Photo a Week Challenge: From Color to B&W

With so many photo editing programs out there, it’s really easy to manipulate and change images on the a computer. One of the basic changes we can make is to change a photo from color to black and white. However, true old-school b&w film is processed in a completely different way than color film, and most of us have watched a colorized movie that makes us go “Eh, not what I expected.” Because the medium and process for color and b&w are so different, it can be challenging to make a color photo really pop in b&w. I’ll use a picture from Baby R’s photo shoot to demonstrate.

Here’s the color version:
Baby R in color(I just have to take a moment to say just how cute this little guy is.)

Now, here’s the image in greyscale with no manipulation:
Baby R in greyscale(Yes, he’s just as cute in black & white.)

And here it is in black and white with contrast, saturation, and exposure edits to really make it feel more like it was taken on b&w film:
Baby R in b&w


The sky is the limit on this one (or maybe even higher). Get creative with your camera software (so many cameras have photo editing features installed), Adobe® Photoshop® software, Apple® Aperture®, or whatever software you like to use to edit your photos.  Then blog them and post a link to your masterpieces here.

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Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.


Before and after: Abbie

The picture of Abbie was a fun experiment with PhotoShop. It didn’t need much tweaking. She’s such a cute girl and has naturally beautiful skin. So I thought I’d give you a before and after.

Before:Abbie before PhotoShop editing

After:AbbyI’m really loving the ability to fix bad lighting and other quirks of photography. In traditional film processing, you might have to spend hours in the darkroom testing exposures and chemical batch time to get the same thing you can do with a mouse click.