Adding colour to a black and white photo in Photoshop

As I said in a post a few weeks ago I’ve been scanning and repairing some pictures which my Father took over the last 50 odd years, as well as some taken by other members of the family going back even further. I’ve had to learn quite a few techniques in Photoshop like when to use the the spot repair tool and the clone stamp tool and I’ve managed to successfully repair some quite bad tears and damage. One thing which […]

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Clone Stamp tool photo repairs

Although I use Lightroom all the time I’ve not really used Photoshop that much since I joined Adobe Creative Cloud using the photographers cut down package last year. However a few weeks ago I had cause to try to recover some old photographs of my fathers which had been badly creased and damaged and found that Lightroom just can’t do that sort of job, so I turned to Photoshop. Using Clone Stamp in Photoshop This is certainly quite a common […]

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Fujica stx-1, Fomapan 200 and Caffenol C-M

Another attempt to develop black & white film with caffenol

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Favourite pictures – The accordion player

This is one of those pictures which starts out as a colour picture which doesn’t really stand out, but once converted to black & white makes more of an impact. I took this whilst we were on holiday in Durham last year with a Pentax K5 and Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom. We were walking through the town and I saw this man playing and instinctively raised the camera and snapped without any real thought about composition. Later I cropped it […]

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Caffenol trial no 2

I was fascinated last week to try my hand at developing film in caffenol. So fascinated that I decided I really needed to have another go to see if I could get better results. One thing which really needed to change was the tank I used. Last week I used my Agfa Rondinax daylight tank but all the film got bunched up in the centre of the reel and only the outside few exposures actually got developed, so this time […]

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Autumnal St Nicholas Church

I went over to St Nicholas church in Stevenage today to take some pictures with one of my Miranda 35mm film cameras, the Miranda Fv, and I also took along my Sony Nex to take some control pictures. Because the film I used in the Miranda was black & white, I’ve converted a number of these pictures to black & white as well to get a better comparison of the pictures which I develop from the film. All these pictures […]

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Riverside conversation

This is a picture I took almost a year ago in Cambridge UK. It was on a hot summer day in July near the river Cam, and I took this with my Pentax K-5 and Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom. I had not looked at it since I imported the picture into Lightroom from the card, but tonight I was playing around and tried this picture in black & white. After a crop and a bit of level adjustment I think […]

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Hexham Abbey in black and white

We visited Hexham recently and during the visit went to look inside Hexham Abbey. Naturally I had my camera with me and took a few shots from inside the Abbey but because it was dark inside and flash light was not allowed, I took the majority of the shots at 6400 iso. When we got back and I looked at the shots in detail, although they looked ok I decided that the majority of the pictures looked better when converted […]

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The Engine Shed at Beamish

This is another picture I took during our recent holiday in the North East of England. We went on a couple of trips to the Beamish museum and this was taken in the Engine shed using a high ISO setting of 1600 iso. I converted it to Black & White in Lightroom because the scene seemed to suggest B & W rather than colour. Considering the iso used I think the technical quality of the image is pretty good. In […]

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Couple by the serpentine

I took this image of a couple walking beside the serpentine in London’s Hyde Park in August 2012 originally as a colour picture but I think it’s one of those images which looks better in black and white. I converted it to black and white using Lightroom 4 from the original raw image file and added some grain to simulate film. Pentax K-r Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom 1/90sec f/11 iso200 45mm

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Vintage photography – processing

This will be unusual because it’s not a photo post, it’s a brief walk back in time to a point before digital cameras and HD displays to a time when taking a photo was a purely analogue process involving chemicals, mechanics and light. Choosing the right film When I go out with my Pentax k-5, I am fully equipped to deal with any photographic possibility – indoors or out, bright or dark, highly coloured or black & white – all […]

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Hello there !

I have to admit this picture was not taken with the intention of making it black & white but I’ve been inspired to create a few black & white posts over the last few days having seen some wonderful examples in other blogs around the web. I was taking pictures of a small church in Codecote, Hertfordshire and as I got close to the fence I got an inquiring nose pushed towards the 10-24mm lens I had fitted to me […]

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London Skyline

I took this image of the London skyline from Alexandra Palace in September 2012. It caught my eye because I saw the Shard which had only recently been completed. The original raw image was processed in Lightroom, cropped to a wider aspect ratio and converted to black and white. I also had to raise the shadow detail a bit and cut the highlights to get a bit of detail in the sky and clouds. I deliberately kept the horizon low […]

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