Just getting to grips with Contrast Grading version 2 for monochrome.
As with the previous version its a way of exploiting every tone in a picture to arrive at a black and white image that has depth, tonality and vision and will produce an exceptional print.
The new system uses a lot more curves to arrive at the full and yet open tones and I’m enjoying using it. It takes a little to get your head around, and every image takes from about 30 minutes to an hour or more to finish.
I’ve posted my first new couple of efforts on the DMF forum and got some pretty good responses from the experts on there. But it’s infuriating when you get seven or eight very positive comments and then one that says for example “…but it lacks mood”.
Now if I had processed it to get that mood about it, somebody would have posted that it is too sombre and dark in some areas.
You can’t win.
At the end of the day you just have to produce images that you like. Unless of course, you plan to try and sell them, then you cater for the public I suppose.
I’m still learning the CG2 system, hopefully once I’m more used to it, I can bring out what I want to see in the image. At the moment I’m concerned that if I produce the image that I feel should be produced from my own vision, then I will lose the technique that is required to get a fully tonal picture.