Well I have produced a new image so the black and white version of this Dorset architectural photography image was inevitable!
As some of you will know by now, I really like the Nik Software, recently made free by Google. If I had known how good it was I would have bought it just for the black and white software, Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Looking at this image you can see why. I love this black and white conversion. The pre-set used for this conversion was erm well I can't remember to be honest!
I have never produced black and white architectural photography work before, but now have an ever-expanding collection. On every commercial photography shoot I now produce at least one black and white image. This is quite a quick process, as all I do is take the final edit of an image and open it in Nik Silver Efex Pro. The I scroll though my preferred pre-sets and see if anything jumps out at me as a good conversion. Often one of the presets does the job, but for some images, including this one, I take the pre-set and tweak it a bit further.
Then I hit save and voila the image is in Lightroom next to the colour version!
Nice and easy.
I like black and white images as when you take the colour out of an image other things dominate the view, the textures, patterns and contrasts.
Like with this image. The sky has come out really interestingly, and the building is very much the imposing dominant feature. The textures and contrasts in the building take over from the colours.
And the black and white version is different, which is always good.
So you can expect to see lots more black and white architectural photography from me coming up – I find it a nice break from producing commercial work and it gives my portfolio a new dimension.
Actually this is going to give me three new portfolios, namely
Black and white architectural photography
Black and white interior photography
Black and white travel photography