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Shadow Armada 2015 Season Book

Here are images of the 2015 Shadow Armada Season Book! It’s an 8.5×11 inch hardcover book featuring photos from the summer and quotes from numerous members. Nick Lane also wrote an amazing introduction.

Books are $65 and can be ordered through Beth. Past season books can also be purchased.

Print the Order Form.

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Converting Color Images to Black and White

Black and white photos can be so moving and captivating; instead of focusing on or being distracted by the colors in the image, you are drawn to the emotion of the image. I absolutely love black and white photography, but now with the popularity and accessibility of Instagram, and other photo editing apps, editing photos quickly can sometimes take away the integrity of the photo. When I was in college I was taught black and white photography with old film cameras; developing the film ourselves in a dark room and learning about a photo’s composition, exposure and light. I am so thankful to have this background because it taught me the skills I use today when editing a monochromatic (black and white) image.

There are a handful of ways to correctly transition an image to black and white that also maintains the color composition in a photo. It is important to never turn an image to black and white without also adjusting the tone and other variables. For example, when you change an image of a person from color to black and white often times the skin tone will come out quite a bit darker; so it’s important to adjust the reds and yellows to match the proper skin tone. It may help the image to adjust it the tiniest bit. If you have PhotoShop, use these simple steps to properly adjust your photo.

– Go to Image, Adjustments and click on Black & White.
– A separate window will pop up. This is where you will adjust the colors of the image.
– I mostly focus on the reds and yellows but it depends on the colors in the image. You can try Auto but this doesn’t always work. You might still need to manually adjust some of the colors.

Following these steps will ensure you maintain the proper tone of a black and white image. In addition to using PhotoShop, there are other ways to convert images. If you would like a tutorial or to talk more about this, feel free to send me an email. I would love to chat more if you’re interested!

Here are some examples of original color images followed by examples of properly converted images. Feel free to email with if you have more questions! beth@bethskogen.com

 
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Shadow Armada – Sutton’s Bay, Michigan

We’re back in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan. After a two hour evening practice, Nick stands in the middle of the circle while band members sit on the ground around him.

“This place has a meaning. This place is our home away from home. The opportunity to be here is a really special and magical thing for us, because this is our field, as much as our field at home. You guys all deserve to wear the chevron and call yourselves Oregon.” Nick Lane, Director

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