Sunday, December 1, 2013

Corrina Redux

Note: The following entry is meant for Photoshop geeks. Please pardon the shop talk. And pardon the pun that I just wrote.

One of my friends, photographer Mark Dalpé, told me about a system of creating black and white digital images. Usually, I either use the HSL / Grayscale option on Photoshop's RAW interface or I convert my RAW images to jpg and use the Gorman black and white method. Both are smart options. But Mark suggested that I just desaturate the picture in the Basic interface. I was skeptical, but I tried it. I took a picture of Corrina, one that appeared in the last installment of the blog, and used it as my working canvas.The picture looked good with the saturation off, moving the slider all the way to the left. Then I added to the Vibrance, moving the slider to the right until I was satisfied. Voila! The picture came out great! I duotoned it in Photoshop and here we are. It doesn't hurt that the eminently photogenic Corrina is the subject of the picture. Thank you, Corrina! And as always, thank you Mark for a fantastic tip!


  1. Nice tip ... did something similar recently.. less complicated than the beaut Gorman technique but just as effective.

    1. You are welcome, Lawrence. The Gorman technique is exacting but clumsy. And if you follow the instructions ob the Gorman website, there are key points missing. This way seems pretty far.