12 February 2012

Grabbing Attention with Focal B&W

Focal black-and-white post-processing is in portrait photography an easy quick fix to guide the viewer’s eyes to the subject’s face, particularly to his or her eyes. In street portraits, it helps the subject’s face to stand out and to isolate the face from the sometimes cluttered background. Like a magical colour spotlight, focal black-and-white editing creates a beacon of focus and attention within a seemingly monochromatic world. It’s round shape is easily adjustable to any size and softness/sharpness. It's best to centre the focus in between the subject eyes (or slightly below) for portraits in full-face view, and onto the subject’s closer eye for portraits in three-quarter view.

Focal black-and-white post-processing works by having a street portrait appear as though it were taken in greyscale or black-and-white, with the subject’s face "colorized" as in the examples below (done with Picasa 3.9).

Burma; Myanmar; Inle Lake; Intha woman; Burmese woman; people; portrait; Burmese market woman; focal black and white; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; headshot; portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression
Burma; Myanmar; Inle Lake; Intha woman; Burmese woman; people; portrait; Burmese market woman; focal black and white; Facing the World; eye contact; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; world cultures; human face; encounter; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression; hand
Burma; Myanmar; Inle Lake; Intha woman; Burmese woman; people; portrait; Burmese market woman; focal black and white; Facing the World; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; encounter; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression
Burma; Myanmar; Yangon; people; portrait; focal black and white; young Burmese monk; young Buddhist monk; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; temple boy; maroon robe; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression; human head
Burma; Myanmar; Yangonl people; portrait; focal black and white; Burmese woman; thanaka; Facing the World; eye contact; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression; human head
Burma; Myanmar; Bagan; Burmese woman; people; portrait; focal black and white; thanaka; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; laughing; Burmese face cosmetic; yellowish-white cosmetic paste; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression
Burma; Myanmar; Bagan; Burmese woman; people; portrait; focal black and white; thanaka; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; big woman; Burmese face cosmetic; yellowish-white cosmetic paste; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression
Burma; Myanmar; Bagan; people; portrait; focal black and white; thanaka; young Burmese woman; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; Burmese face cosmetic; yellowish-white cosmetic paste; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression
Burma; Myanmar; Bagan; Burmese woman; people; portrait; focal black and white; thanaka; knitting; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; Burmese face cosmetic; yellowish-white cosmetic paste; travel; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel; portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression; half-length portrait; full-face view
Burma; Myanmar; Bagan; Burmese woman; people; portrait; focal black and white; thanaka; Facing the World; eye contact; smiling; Burmese face cosmetic; yellowish-white cosmetic paste; travel; headshot; Matt Hahnewald Photography; ethnic; ethnic portrait; posing; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; photo; image; travel portrait; environmental portrait; culture; one person; real people; human; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portraiture; travel destination; tourism; horizontal format; world cultures; human face; human eyes; closeup; street; post-processing; editing; experiment; Photoshop; Picasa; focal B&W; experimental; amazing; interesting; inspirational; educational; facial expression




 Focal black-and-white street portraits from the Inle Lake in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2012-01c Facing Myanmar's Inle Lake
Focal black-and-white street portraits from Bagan in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2012-01b Touching Touristy Ancient Bagan
Focal black-and-white street portraits from Yangon in Matt Hahnewald's

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