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Sarah E. Hunt
 

Black and white with a splash of color


 
  Heather's Photo
Heather's Photo
What is this called? What kind of digital camera? I want to take photos like these!
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What is it called when you have a black and white photograph with a splash of color?? And, I have used the programs where you can choose where to add the color back into certain places in the photo, but what is it called when a camera can do that on its own? I have several friends who have taken photos and they're black and white, but all of the yellow or blue or red in the photo - even in the subjects' cheeks - is the original color, and I'm jealous! I want to be able to take these photos, but my camera doesn't ahve the setting!


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5/29/2008 11:08:44 PM

 
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Ermmm... you could call it a 'partially coloured B/W photo', Sarah...

And it is not a setting on a camera that achieves that, but it is the editing on the computer, after the photo was taken, that does it. You need software that has a 'History Brush' among its features. Adobe CS3, for instance.

Have fun!


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5/30/2008 2:14:27 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Monochrome.


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5/30/2008 4:45:34 AM

 
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Sorry, John. "Monochrome" means ONE colour. B/W is monochrome. Sepia is monochrome. A partially coloured B/W photo is not.


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5/30/2008 5:16:06 AM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Hi Sarah,

The technique is called "Black & White with Color Accent"

Best regards,

Alan Marcus


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5/30/2008 6:28:17 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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WOOOAAAHH! Alan my goodness!
I Swear that is THE Shortest answer I have ever seen from you!LOL,LOL
Just had to pull your tail!

Any way that is what I offer it as well:
BLk & White w/color
Sepia w/color
done through photo shop before any other cropping is done.
Turn blk/white, I use the history brush myself on theareas I'd like color back.
then when done you can crop & Save.
SUPER Easy - great Look!
I hope this helps,
Debby


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5/30/2008 6:45:13 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Will - in competition, a monochrome image may have one color added beyond the range of gray tones [black to white.]

Admittedly, and on closer inspection, the image submitted isn't a monochrome since the girls' cheeks and noses have been reddened. The blue water, however, with just the range of gray, would be a monochrome.


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5/30/2008 8:52:18 AM

 
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"a monochrome image may have one color added beyond the range of gray tones [black to white.]"

By whose definition, John?

Mono chroma is Latin, and literally means 'one tint'.
Not two.


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5/30/2008 9:13:51 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
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  Debby, I was just about to comment of Alan's answer...lol I had to check the name a couple times to make sure.hahaha

Scott Kelby calls the effect the Trendy High-Contrast Portrait Effect I believe. You can do another effect that is similar with layer and brush tool,brushing in the color where desired.

giver of gobblygook,
Oliver Anderson haha


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5/30/2008 9:33:44 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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  Me too!
and after my post, I thought I hope he's feeling ok today..

Alan, Don't make us worry,man!
You do something like this and it confusses us all,lol.

I do hope your having a great day!


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5/30/2008 9:47:22 AM

 
Sarah E. Hunt  
 
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Blaire's Photo
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Thanks so much for your responses. I was just confused, because I've used a program to "paint back in" the color. What gets me is that Heather's camera "filtered" the blue back into the picture, and even picked up the blue hues in their cheeks. SHe didn't edit the photo- that's how it took.

I'm including another photo that my friend Blaire took, it's a better example of how the color fades into the black and white around the edges, like the camera filtered out all the other colors but this one. I keep asking my friends what kind of camera they have, and none of them have answered me!


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5/30/2008 12:21:22 PM

 
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IT IS NOT A SETTING ON A CAMERA that achieves that, but it is the editing on the computer, after the photo was taken, that does it. You need software that has a 'History Brush' among its features. Adobe CS3, for instance.

Have fun!


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5/30/2008 2:30:34 PM

 
Sarah E. Hunt   I'm telling you, they both said "my camera does it," and I believe them because neither one of them are sit-down-at-the-computer-and-edit-photos types of people. SOMEONE out there has to know about this!


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5/30/2008 10:35:07 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Hi All,

My Canon 5S IS has a menu selecton called "Black & White with Color Accent" Also a second item "Color Swap" allows the user to swap out one color for another. Likely I will not partake of either.

Alan Marcus


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5/30/2008 10:49:38 PM

 
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Busted.


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5/30/2008 11:05:00 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
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  Good Morning,
Alan, I wish you would now, so we could get I look of your production from these settings.
I was in total agreement with W.S.
as I have never seen this work that has been developed through the camera, only through PS.
I myself would like to see your examples straight from the shooter.

Thank you in advance,
Debby


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5/31/2008 5:53:17 AM

 
Sarah E. Hunt   I'm so sorry if I was rude. I didn't intend to be at all. I just got a little frustrated, because the main reason I found this website was to ask if anyone knew about that! lol!

Apparently the setting is for the use of people who aren't photo-shop savvy. :)


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5/31/2008 2:53:46 PM

 
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Debb and Sarah, Alan's right. I just checked an S5 review (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons5is/page3.asp), and it mentions "The 'Special scene' mode adds six subject programs (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Indoor, Night Scene) and the unusual Color Swap and Color Accent options (which used to be part of MyColors)".
And it is in the S5 manual too. Page 59.


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5/31/2008 3:51:00 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus  
 
 
Hope this works:
Two images from my Canon S5 using it's "Color Accent" Option.

Alan Marcus


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5/31/2008 6:41:00 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus  
 
 
Hope this works:
Two images from my Canon S5 using it's "Color Accent" Option.

Alan Marcus


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5/31/2008 6:46:03 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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Interesting & funny thread, I usually just de-saturate almost all the way in PS to get this effect. Sometimes I copy colored areas and paste into a new layer to overlay a B&W image.


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6/1/2008 8:54:40 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
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  Wow...can't believe they have that option. I heard Page 60 offers: The Super Duper Great Photos Option....thats the one I need. I'm trading in my cameras for the S5.


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6/1/2008 9:01:44 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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Sarah, I'm glad you brought this up.
You learn something new every now and then...

This is from www.dcresource.com review on Canon A540. Several other Canon's Point&Shoot cameras have these options.

Color Accents: Highlight one color you specify and turn the rest to black&white.

Color Swap: Simply allows to swap colors.


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6/1/2008 10:06:20 AM

 
Alan N. Marcus   I just purchased a Canon 5S IS. I needed an inexpensive secondary camera. One chief selling point for me is the power source which is 4 AA batteries. The stabilized zoom covers an incredible 12x and extends to 48x when the 4x digital zoom is employed. So optically thatís equates to 36mm ~ 432mm add 4x more thatís 2,400mm (a lot of magnification and stabilized too).

The size of the sensor is tiny, 4.46mm x 5.93 thatís a crop factor of 6. That induces noise at elevated ISO (range 80/100/200/400/800/1600). Nevertheless, I keep one in the car for a Pulitzer Prize opportunity.

Not pocket size. It has a great electronic viewfinder that works in bright sunlight plus a full featured LCD viewing screen. Plus assists modes that never seem to stop coming, like in-camera red eye removal etc.

Bottom line, itís a great camera I recommend it highly..

Alan Marcus


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6/1/2008 9:42:59 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Selective Desaturation


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6/3/2008 6:01:21 AM

 
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