Snowy Tree In Black & White

I really need to get off my butt and get some new photos, but I just haven’t had much time. I’m not sure when I will, either, so… there might be a few repeats that I use to see what I can do with all the fun new features in Photoshop.

Switching to black and white isn’t all that hard. Even getting the higher contrast isn’t a big deal. What I like about this one is the fact that it really brings out and highlights all the tiny details. If that was ever a feature or ability in the old version, I never tripped across it.

I didn’t use it here, but this also allows you to to go to the other end and lower the amount of detail to get a much softer look without really blurring out a photo, something I was never able to quite pull off with the old version.

So far, I’m really loving what I’ve found. That said, it does allow a less skilled photographer to end up with a great photo if they know enough to use the software. Not a bad thing exactly, but I wonder if knowing I have the ability to fix a lot more mistakes will lead to me being a bit lazier. I really hope not.

8 thoughts on “Snowy Tree In Black & White

  1. I was discussing this with someone yesterday. I’m a purist…I like exploring what my camera can do, but I don’t know how much playing I want to do. I saw a great photo exhibit yesterday and the photog was from the early half of the 1900s…it was cool

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    1. I’m normally that way and I especially don’t like photos that are pushed too far, as in they no longer look natural. I have found that I really enjoy certain effects that can really set a tone or mood to the photo. I follow a few on twitter that I really love their style and know they have to be edited to get that.

      You have to remember, a lot of photos taken on film are still edited in the dark room to finish the effect. I only ever played with black and white in a dark room, but there is so much you can do even with something that simple that you just can’t get straight out of a camera. It’s an interesting balance between basic photography and processing. We just have more options for processing than we used to.

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