Scuffed Wood

I love textures.  The best way to express textures is to shoot in black and white.  Now, admittedly, this photograph was originally taken in colour as it was a digital capture, but my intent was to turn it into a black and white photograph featuring the scuffed paint.

Depending on the luminosity of the object (how much light it is reflecting), it will appear lighter or darker in a black and white image.  We can take this further by applying a colour filter so that only certain colours of light can pass through.  For example, using a blue filter will cause objects that are shaded blue to appear lighter than colours that are shaded in a different colour.  That is, using a blue filter on the sky will cause the whole sky to light up since it is primarily blue.  Using the same blue filter on a person will cause them to appear much darker than desired as skin does not have a lot of blue in it.  Now this sort of thing is a good thing so that one can achieve good contrast to feature textures.

Photoshop does a similar thing by tweaking the red, green, and blue values of each pixel so that the calculation to convert the image to grayscale favours a certain colour over another.  In this case, I did not actually use a filter.  I achieved enough contrast to satisfy my needs.


Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
Shutter Speed: 1/500s.
Aperture: f/7.1.
ISO 100.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.

This entry was published on August 5, 2011 at 12:01 am. It’s filed under DSLR Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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