DxO PhotoLab can create superb black and white imagery, both in terms of image quality and in creative control, but you need to get the DxO FilmPack 5 Elite add-on to do it. • DxO PhotoLab 2.1 review This does make things more expensive, and it does feel a bit like you’re paying for some things that other programs offer as standard. DxO FilmPack 5 Elite currently costs … [Read more...] about How to get great black and white in DxO PhotoLab… but you’ll need FilmPack 5
Toning is a popular technique in black and white photography where a chemical tint is added as the print is being developed. Now, you can of course do the same thing digitally.
Sepia toning is popular for creating a vintage look, but selenium toning can add a richer, colder tone, while cyanotypes – strictly speaking, a different chemical process – have a much stronger blue tone.
Split toning is becoming popular too, where shadows (the darker parts of the picture) are given one tone and highlights (the brighter parts) another. Lightroom offers a Split Toning panel, for example.
With digital imaging, toning isn't restricted to black and white. You can also add a tone, or a split tone, to colour images as an alternative to white balance or colour adjustments.
Part 1: 'Densia' Welcome to part 1 of an 8-part series on Lightroom editing presets and how they work. To go with this I've created 8 image presets you can download right now. Lightroom/Photography plan trial version and offers Click here for a Dropbox link to the presets. You don't need to have a Dropbox account – just click the 'Download' button at the top … [Read more...] about 8 free Lightroom presets and how they work
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 a subtle, 'fine art' look, but it's not always easy to get right. Split toning explained It's much easier to do digitally, of course, … [Read more...] about How to use the Lightroom Split Toning feature
Successful black and white photography sometimes gets its power from strong contrasts and graphic shapes, and sometimes it relies on subtlety and control. Silver Efex Pro, now taken over by DxO in the Nik Collection, can do both. In principle, you should be able to do all these things in Photoshop, but in practice I think plug-ins like this do a much better job – and I hope … [Read more...] about Try out this Silver Efex Pro tutorial for subtle black and white portrait effects