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Back Yard Black and White



trying something new


On my quest to get a good black and white using only what I already have (because I’m cheap just like my cheap camera!) I’m going to try getting shots with my in camera option of black and white. Here’s what I’ve shot so far today.

Me right out of the shower. Not sure why the pout face, I feel dumb smiling when it's just me taking the picture.

Today’s goal is to get a few portraits of my kids and some friends coming over. What is your creative goal for the day?

I need help! I have NO IDEA how to do a “good” black and white image.


my baby brother


my dad


my husband


my mom


Okay, I really wanted these in black and white but I’m NOT happy with how they turned out. What can I do? I don’t have photoshop or lightroom so those are out. I use my microsoft editing OR picnik to edit the pictures. I never like the plain black and white action, so I usually just de-saturate as much as possible. What can I do? Help!!



Before and After

Below you’ll see the picture I posted last week followed by a fairly dramatic edit. The original is not SOOC, I did boost the color a bit. For the second one I used my membership at picnik.com  and first ran the HDR action, then the black and white action and then the contrast level to increase the blacks. I was inspired by an article on DPS here.

Shelter, before and after


So what do you think? I don’t usually do a lot to my pictures, maybe an exposure adjustment or a color boost but I’m not one for tricks like adding flare or softening a picture or even much touch ups on pimply faces. What about you? What’s your post process style? What tricks have you got up your sleeves to make your pictures unique to you? Where you get inspiration to try something new? Have you checked out DPS yet?

P.S. I like the second one, but I really prefer the first one better. I love the misty background and the color of the earth and leaves. It really gives a sense of life but also season. The black and white version looks more lonely and cold to me. Which one do you prefer and why?