Tag: Black and white

MacPhun Intensify 1.0.1: give your photos some punch!

I had an interesting chat with the folks on the MacPhun stand at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC at the beginning of March. They were showing off two new plug-ins called Intensify and SnapHeal. Both come in standard and Pro versions, and both work as standalone apps or plug-ins for Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements. They’re Mac-only at the moment (hence ‘MacPhun’) and Windows versions are on the drawing board at the moment. But the company has big plans for 2014, with more plug-ins to follow. I thought I’d take a look at Intensify 1.0.1 Pro first....

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Boost your black and white shots with the Lightroom Clarity slider

The Lightroom Clarity slider adds a powerful localised contrast effect that can work well on colour shots, but really comes into its own with black and white. It recaptures the some of the punchiness of old black and white films without pushing the overall contrast out of control. Here’s an example. I took this black and white shot on the coast where I live and the original shot is a little underexposed and flat-looking. That’s not a problem – at least I’ve got a full range of tones to work with. Now I’ve done everything possible to give it...

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Beautiful black and white with DxO Optics Pro: Part 1

Don’t write off DxO Optics Pro as a one-tricky pony. It’s brilliant at correcting lens aberrations and perspective and maximising the quality of your RAW files, but the lack of any localised adjustment tools can tempt you into migrating to another app as soon as you’ve fixed the basic issues. But don’t be in such a rush, because you could be missing out on some of Optics Pro’s best features – especially if you’re a fan of black and white. I’m going to use this colour image to introduce some of the hidden power in DxO Optics Pro’s adjustment...

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Discover the details with Topaz B&W Effects

I’m a huge fan of Silver Efex Pro, the black and white plug-in in the Google Nik Collection. But in a spirit of fair play I want to take a proper look at a rival product, Topaz B&W Effects 2. This comes from plug-in maker Topaz Labs, which sells a suite of plug-in tools that rivals the scope of the Google Nik Collection. B&W Effects is available both on its own and as a part of the Topaz Complete Collection. I want to see if Topaz B&W has its own particular strengths, and I have found a couple of...

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How to use control points in Silver Efex Pro

Black and white photography relies heavily on dodging and burning to add emphasis to certain parts of the image, to balance or contrast areas of tone, and improve the overall composition – and Silver Efex Pro’s control points let you do this in moments, without masks or selections. You don’t always need them. Silver Efex Pro’s edge burning tools, vignettes and other options mean that you can create great black and white imagery without localised manual adjustments. But when you do need them, you’ve got Nik Software’s control points. You click on the image to add a control point,...

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