This is a picture of a room. That's it. Just a room. I like this shot. It has the feel of an old building, with that old shiny bare floor and the wallpaper that works so well in this old space. And you can see through the windows what is outside.
This is a simplistic composition but one that works for me. So well worth an edit to convert this into a black and white image.
This is what I did in Nik Silver Efex Pro to this image.
I went through all the presets and tried Push Process (N+3.0) (whatever that means) which I added to my favourite presets.
After the post the other day where I tried to turn a bright vibrant kitchen into a dark grungy space (which really did not work) I thought I could try with this image.
And then I changed my mind and started again. Obviously this is another great feature of the Nik software – it is so easy to use.
So having gone through all 38 presets I went back to my favorites, and chose Fine Art Process. It took me a while to choose, but once I had the before and after on top of each other the instant I tried this preset I knew that this was the look I was after.
Sometimes I find it helpful to use the Preview feature in Nik, where you can view the before (or in this case Neutral preset) at the top and the effect from the preset you have chosen below.
Filters were tricky again – I decided not to use a filter.
I tried increasing the Dynamic Brightness, but then had the genius thought of reducing it – I am after a particular look after all! So I reduced the Dynamic Brightness down to -47%
It is all about experimentation!!
- Then I reset it to 0……..
Then I did something I have not tried before – adjusting the contrast (I actually wrote contract here which the spell checker did not pick up of course!)..
- Amplify Whites – 60%
- Amplify Blacks – 61%
Finally I added a vignette.
Lens Falloff 1, and that is another black and white image done.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Tuesday 20th September 2015