And once you have the final image done, all that hard work behind you, a black and white conversion using the recently free Nik Software is nice and easy.
I used Nik Silver Efex Pro to make this conversion, just using a pre-set, Full Spectrum. I know I should play with the sliders and come up with something “creative”, but to be honest the pre-sets quit often are enough for me, especially the Nik Silver Efex Pro which is such great software.
And there is a limit to how much time you can spend editing stuff.
Tomorrow on my blog more architectural photography as I work on image number 2 for my portfolio, and I know which one this is going to be.
Going back to that point of time, I wanted to say a bit more on that subject.
You have to know when to stop editing - you can't go on forever. Well actually you can, and that is the problem. Get to a point where you are happy with what you have, and move on.
This is not easy, but you will get used to it with time. Especially working commercially, when sometimes you have to turn round edited images for the next day so do not have time to spend.
That is why practise and a disciplined workflow help me operate successfully in a commercial environment.
And if you can edit your images efficiently, you spend less time in front of our computer monitor (hopefully), giving you more time to spend shooting new stuff, creating new work, practising and pushing yourself.
Which is what it is all about for me. I did not get into photography to spend my days editing images. Not that I do not enjoy this – I really do – but I enjoy much much more being out with my camera taking new images to work on, constantly trying to come up with new and different things.
Thanks for reading this post, and please call back to my blog tomorrow to read about a new property photography image for my portfolio.
Oh yes and image number 1 for my portfolio, the colour version of the construction photography shot above, has made it onto my website home page, which you can view at