Discussion in 'Portrait' started by oylo, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. oylo

    oylo TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 16, 2012
    Have not worked with black / white since 1975. Then it was no digital capabilities. Darkroom under the stairs etc.. Are there specific things I should think about now with the digital tools at our disposal? This photo was taken with my Nex5N and Industar 61. Just a little tinkering in iPhoto.


    Do anyone have any recommendations on literature or web/youtube etc.?
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    i really like Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. It's a plug-in for Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture (and I believe also available as a stand alone). As a tool I think it's one of the best I have ever used.
  3. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    The good news is that digital sensors respond very much to the same colors as does silver film, so a scene that would have shot well in film, will also shoot well in digital.

    The better news is that you don't need to use colored filters with digital - If you shoot in RAW or color, filters can all be added in post processing. My recommendation here is if you are going for B&W, then shoot RAW+JPEG, and turn on the B&W mode for the camera. The JPEG will be saved in B&W, and you will see the screen in B&W, but you still have all the color information in the RAW file.
  4. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
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    I also use Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 for B&W conversation. It's fantastic, however, I'm worried about its future due to the Google buyout of Nik. No matter what Google says now about continued development, their track record in these kind of take overs is not good.

    OnOne software is releasing their new B&W conversion application and plugin soon and I'm very interested in seeing some reviews of this. It will obvious be compared with Nik and may end up being a better purchase in the long run as it will be half the price initially and will also see continued development.
  5. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    If you have access to Photoshop, it has really nice modules for every conceivable colour bias toward B&W conversion.

    Image > Adjustments > Black and White

    ... which will get you to this window with various presets


    It's not totally user intuitive however, so a little understanding of the basic fundamentals will help in getting the most out of it...
  6. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Phoenix Gonzales

    Like dixeyk I also use Silver Efex pro 2, imho it's the be all and end all in b/w processing, the u-point feature makes my work flow so much smoother and the film simulation preset will give you the desired film look you're after whether it's Tri-X, Neopan, Ilford, etc..if you used to shoot b/w film you'll feel right at home with the film presets.