I am a huge fan of Google Snapseed. I’m not a huge fan of what Google has done with it, dropping the desktop Snapseed app and then the online Snapseed editing tools built into Google+ Photos. This has been replaced … Continue reading Did you know you can stack filters in Google Snapseed?
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 … Continue reading Boost your black and white shots with the Lightroom Clarity slider
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 … Continue reading Beautiful black and white with DxO Optics Pro: Part 1
Solarization adds a dramatic and surreal look to regular black and white images. Darker shades of grey and midtones stay unaffected, but brighter tones and highlights are reversed into a negative image. It’s particularly effective on bright skies. You might … Continue reading How to create an Aperture solarization effect
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. … Continue reading Discover the details with Topaz B&W Effects
I admit that Silver Efex Pro, part of the Google Nik Collection, is my favourite black and white conversion plug-in, but I like to keep an open mind, and I thought it was about time I took a look at … Continue reading Topaz B&W Effects basics: is it as good as Silver Efex Pro?
Normally, if you want to create any kind of black and white effect with the Google Nik Collection, you’d go straight to Silver Efex Pro. However, Color Efex Pro has some black and white effects of its own. The effects … Continue reading Do more with Color Efex Pro’s Old Photo effect
The Zone System was invented by legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams. He hit upon the idea of splitting the full range of tones in a black and white image into eleven distinct brightness zones, which he then went on to … Continue reading How to apply the Zone System in Silver Efex Pro
Split toning is a more advanced variation on the old technique of toning. It applies a different coloured tone to the shadows and the highlights in the picture, producing an interesting graded colour effect. It’s often used to give images … Continue reading How to use the Lightroom Split Toning feature
You can use Silver Efex Pro perfectly effectively by choosing a preset and then modifying the settings as necessary using the tools panel. What you may not realise is that Silver Efex Pro simulates specific film types very closely. In … Continue reading Create your own films with Silver Efex Pro Sensitivity settings!
Black and white doesn’t have to be completely black and white! If you preserve just a splash of colour you can create a very striking effect, and it’s a very easy technique to try out because it doesn’t need any … Continue reading Create mono with a difference with this Lightroom selective colour technique
Silver Efex Pro comes with a large range of varied and powerful black and white presets, and one of my favourites is the Silver Efex Pro Film Noir effect. This does every bad thing we’re told to avoid with our … Continue reading Exploring the Silver Efex Pro Film Noir effect