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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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Besides combining effects, there's others techniques you can use to refine the black and white image. One of my favorite is using the Temperature slider. Let's convert this to black and white quickly. I'll then switch over to Adjust, and use Temperature, and notice, as we adjust the Temperature slider, that different areas shift to black and white. This is a nice way to effectively roll what's getting darker. Let's go to our next image, and I'm going to go ahead and process this here.
Now, I'm improving the contrast in the image before I do the black and white conversion, and using the Tint Slider, I can go ahead and tint the image first. Sometimes, I'll make adjustments to Temperature ahead of time, and what I'm going for is a lot of contrast. Now, when I apply the Black and White effect, you'll see it shifts. This is a great way, because you can now go in and start to refine. And in this case, shifting that went a long way to really bring out the wall details.
I can now lift the shadowy areas to get the flower back, and play with Highlights to further recover and tweak the wall. Here's our last image that has a lot of color in it. Adding the Black and White effect works fine, although I am going to play with Contrast here. This image looks a lot better with strong Contrast, and I took that all the way to the right, in fact.
I'll round that out with some Definition, and that looks like a much better black and white image. However, shifting the Temperature slider dramatically changes the image, and notice how some of the areas that look a bit muddy really open up there when we shift the Temperature, and we're getting much better definition in these gradiated areas here. In this case, the Black and White is fine, but I think this is a much more interesting image, and as I round that out with Definition, and Contrast, even pulling Exposure down just a bit, I definitely like the look of that as a black and white.
Beautiful patterns and shape, and the photo takes on a much different meaning from color to black and white.
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