The Dog Days of Summer


Camera: Sony DSC-H5
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 55.1 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV

I've been trying to mess around with Photoshop a bit more to get a slightly more professional grade look to some of my photos and my favorite subject (also my most fussy) is my dog Nikita. She's a beautiful Samoyed/Retriever mix. All white. Apparently, according to Photoshop, there is a correct and incorrect way of transferring your pictures to black and white. This was my attempt at the correct way and it does turn out pretty well I believe. Tomorrow I'll have another shot that I used a different technique on! Keep an eye out.


Josy said...

Oo well aren't we fancy with our EXIF data. :P

What's the proper/improper methodology for desaturating a photo?

Did I come at a bad time, or have you really scaled your archive down to three shots?

Adam said...

Haha, well I try I suppose! In all honest I have just as much consideration and credit for well document point and shoot (aka you, me, BC's Chicago stuff, etc); it's just that it seems that post processing in these types of formats is a very good skill to have for photo editing!

Apparently the proper methodology, according to a manual from my sister who is in a digital photo class, is to change from RBG format to Lab Color, to deselect all but the luminosity channel (windows-channel in photoshop), transfer to grayscale and then adjust levels and such as you see fit. It is supposed to save data as well as keep a pristine image.

And I haven't scaled it down, they're all there except that the past few images I've been trying a larger/bordered technique to make them a tad more visible to future users. The old ones are there on "{PAGE 1}" at the bottom of ARCHIVES yet it takes a while for the link to load before you can click on it. Everything should be there and eventually should be transfered to the larger thumbnail type archive if I can (money willing!).

Josy said...

Aahhh. Got it. Sometimes I expect everyone in the world's photoblogs to be set up like mine.

(The first time I saw photoblogs that only had one photo on the front page, I was angered and confused!)

Lab colors? Luminosity channels? That seems like an awful lot of work to go to when you can just hit "desaturate." (I mean, I used to just slide the saturation slider all the way to the left, but apparently that keeps RGB data, which... is... apparently not a good thing.)

Adam said...

It does, doesn't it? I think it's MOSTLY for those shooting in RAW or at least have higher quality images. It's supposed to make the transformation without dataloss. Doesn't seem entirely worth it to me but did produce good results!