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    noobie photography question

    I am a rookie to all things photography and watches. I noticed that some people are snapping black and white picture of watches, but allowing a portion to appear in color, such as the hands. I was wondering how this effect is achieved.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: noobie photography question

    Some cameras have this capability built in, and almost all photo post-processing software can do this. Either way, it's usually a software "enhancement".

    How about posting the picture are you trying to achieve this effect with, and we'll go from there?

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    Re: noobie photography question

    In photoshop there are several ways to achieve this effect. I think the most effective is to use the history brush method. If you have photoshop and want specific detail on how to do this, PM me and I can walk you through it.

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    Re: noobie photography question

    It's called "selective desaturation", here's a quick guide for doing it Photoshop Color is the new black - Selective Desaturation : Image editing tutorial but it might be aplicable to other software featuring brushes and layers as well.

    I would advise you not to abuse this effect, a lot of people that are into photography regard this technique as kitsch.

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    Re: noobie photography question

    Yup, it's a technique best used in extreme moderation.
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