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10/16/2005 09:57:13 AM · #1
I remember when I used black and white film I found I really got beautiful contrast and sharpness . Now I use a canon digital rebel XT and I find that the black and white pictures it takes lacks that sharpness, and contrast (does that make sense?) (blue skies were a dark dark grey, and the clouds were a beautiful white against it, now I just get shades of grey on shades of grey) What is the problem? How can I recreate that effect with digital, hopefully with little post processing.
10/16/2005 10:01:21 AM · #2
Back when I shot b&w film, I used to put a colored filter on ... a red filter to cause the sky to go dark, for example, or a green filter to make the leaves on the trees glow.

And don't forget a polarizor... it's a "must have" whether shooting b&w or color. It'll do wonders for your sky.

Also, in your camera settings, you might want to bump up the contrast and saturation (assuming you're trying to get the picture as "straight out of the camera" as possible).

Finally... these DSLRs really cry out for a little PP work. But with the camera settings bumped up, maybe you'll like it as is.
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