Back in the days of film, a ‘straight’ black and white print was only a stepping stone. A properly finished print was almost always enhanced with some skilled ‘dodging and burning’. Dodging and burning is a classic technique in black … Continue reading Rediscover dodging and burning in black and white
Maybe you wouldn’t normally think of Capture One Pro as an image-editor. It’s a superb RAW converter and general image enhancement tool, but most of the time you’d probably swap to a plug-in or an external editor for really detailed effects work … Continue reading Black and white in Capture One Pro
Viveza 2 is part of the Google Nik Collection, and I think it’s in danger of being overlooked in favour of the newer, flashier or more versatile plug-ins in the collection. Viveza 2 is designed to offer localised adjustments for … Continue reading Who needs HDR when you’ve got Viveza 2 control points?
Dodging and burning was a standard darkroom technique for black and white photographers, but it works just as well on colour shots. ‘Dodging’ is where you lighten selected areas of the image and ‘burning’ is where you darken them. With … Continue reading How to use the Lightroom adjustment brush tool to dodge and burn your colour shots
The Soft Contrast slider is one of the new features introduced in Silver Efex Pro 2, and its effects are quite different to the regular Contrast control. At first it can seem quite difficult to work out a use for … Continue reading Discover the power of Silver Efex Pro Soft Contrast
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 … Continue reading How to use control points in Silver Efex Pro
Burning in the edges of your pictures is a great way to enhance the composition because it improves the picture’s overall contrast and helps you concentrate attention on the picture’s focal point. The point is that converting your pictures to … Continue reading Use edge burning to enhance your composition in Silver Efex Pro 2
Aperture can be used to create localised adjustments, but at first glance it doesn’t seem terribly effective. You can ‘brush in’ adjustments via a pop-up menu, but they aren’t particularly powerful and they do quickly get complicated as you to … Continue reading How to dodge and burn in Aperture