Another completely different image, this is the amazing site of hundreds and hundreds of barrels. I have written about the image capture before, so for this post I will be concentrating on the image processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
I have mentioned it before but I will mention it again. The Nik Collection is free to download and use from Google. Yes, great free software from Google.
You can download the software from the following link
I recommend that you download this software collection and have a play with it. It is free to download and free to use. There are no time restrictions. It is just free. I do not know how longs Google will support the software but the black and white conversion software, Nik Silver Efex Pro, is very powerful and very easy to use.
This is all I use for my black and white conversions.
And typically all I do is the following.
- Dynamic Brightness
I do not need to do any more to get great black and white images. I process fully edited images using this plugin to give me a black and white alternative. I am doing this to all my portfolio images, and do a couple of black and white versions of all my commercial work to give my clients something different.
The software really is easy to use, and if all you do is what I do I am sure you will get great black and white images you are happy with as well.
This is what I did to produce this image, which was taken using an ISO of 25,600 using my trusty Canon 6D.
The preset was Fine Art Process. This was an instant decision once I had scrolled through the presets. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it takes longer.
The filters were interesting. Because of the unusual lighting the red, yellow and orange filters did virtually the same thing. The green and blue gave completely different effects though which I did not like.
And that is that. Done.
Producing great black and white images does not have to be complicated!
A change of subject matter tomorrow on my blog – make sure you come back!
Rick McEvoy photography Blog
Monday 10th October 2016