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- Why black and white?
- Shooting with black and white in mind
- Setting up Lightroom and creating image versions
- Utilizing presets effectively
- Creating black-and-white HDR images with Lightroom and Photoshop
- Taking advantage of black-and-white adjustment layers
- Adjusting the toning of images
- Working with the Silver Efex plugin
Skill Level Intermediate
In the same way that there are a lot of techniques for converting black and white images in Lightroom and Photoshop, there are also a lot of techniques when it comes to the third party. There is all sorts of different offerings in the form of actions and third-party plug-ins. Today I want to show just one of these ways, and that's Nik Silver Efex Pro, It's a really cool plug-in that you can get on their site, either as a demo, or you can buy it, and it actually works a lot like Lightroom. We've got presets on the left-hand side here; let's go ahead and just grab one of those, and then we've got controls on the right. So, maybe I want to brighten that up a little; I'll lower the Contrast.
Structure is a lot like drama or clarity; it just bumps that up. Now pull this down a bit. We can add our red filter, like we would in the film world, and you'll see the sky will change a little bit there. If I come down, I've got all different film types to add grain. Not only can I add grain, but I can actually mimic film stock. A lot of control there. I have a lot of control with the toning, and split toning, and I'll see the effects as soon as I roll over those. With the vignettes, I can do my own custom one, or just apply that.
Go a little further with the edges if I wanted to. And this is really easy. You've got all these different effects, and it's a great place to start when you just don't know where to go, because you can see the presets on the left really give you an idea of just what you're going to start with. So, if you've hit the wall, or you just want to go a little bit further, or do things in a different way, Nik Silver Efex Pro is a great way to do that.