"Seeing" in B&W- with Nik Silver Efex 2 Pro

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by digitalandfilm, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    In every batch of images, there are always those that beg for a conversion to B&W.

    Sometimes, you can actually *see* in B&W.. textures, contrasts, highlights, etc.

    Here are a few comparison shots to compare:



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  2. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I wonder if anyone here has tried Silver Shadows 2, it's a comprehensive bunch of presets from some photographer named Gary Seim for 54usd. At that price, I'm tempted to try that instead of the Nik software.

    I personally hate exporting my files which creates another TIFF or PSD file. I haven't come across a good portrait retouching preset for LR4 -- LR4's brush just doesn't cut it for people with lots of pimples/blemishes. So I still use OnOne Perfect Portrait and FocalPoint. But if his presets can save me from dealing with yet another plugin software, I'd welcome that.
     
  3. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    I checked out the website.. Silver Shadows 2 - Black & White Presets for Lightroom

    They have a trial offer which may be good if you haven't already invested in NIK Silver EFEX 2.

    Saves the back and forth between programs at the least.
     
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  4. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Just watched the video.. very impressive!

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  5. dylandingo

    dylandingo Mu-43 Regular

    186
    Nov 12, 2011
    La Crosse, WI
    I think silver efex pro is way worth it. I use to convert photos to b&w the hard way with ps but silver efex pro does such a great job and gives you amazing creative control over your images. I do wish I didn't get a tiff out of it but I always save the color raw anyways.
     
  6. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Nik's control points are incredibly intuitive, powerful tools once you get to grips with them. I tend to shoot black and white (the RAW is color anyway) in-camera to get a feel for whether the exposure is 'right' for a BW treatment if I think that's where I'm headed anyway. The 'ideal' exposure seems to differ a little for me.