Archive for the 'Black & White Photography' category

Silver Efex Pro 2 vs. Tonality Pro

Silver Efex Pro 2 vs. Tonality Pro

Since I reviewed MacPhun’s Tonality Pro a few weeks ago I’ve been asked by several people which is best – Tonality Pro or Silver Efex 2 Pro. It’s a subjective call, but let’s start by taking a look at some of the points of differentiation between the two programs.

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Converting Photos to Black & White with Tonality Pro

Tonality Pro review

Tonality Pro is a Mac only application that converts colour photos to black and white. It works as both a standalone program and a plug-in for Lightroom or Photoshop.

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Mastering Lightroom Book Three: Black & White

Mastering Lightroom Book Three Black & White ebook cover

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Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White is the third in a series of five ebooks about Lightroom and is written for everybody who enjoys black and white photography. It explains how to use Lightroom’s advanced features to convert your colour photos to stunning black and white images. It’s a complete guide that starts on the basis that strong black and white images begin with the photographer’s eye. You need to learn to see in black in white first. Once you understand what black and white photography is all about, and why it’s such a beautiful medium for creative self-expression, you can use the full potential of Lightroom to create powerful monochrome conversions.

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Shadow and Light: An Interview with Portrait Photographer Betina La Plante

Black and white portrait by Betina La Plante

Following on from my interview with Eduardo Izq, I’d like to introduce you to another portrait photographer who works almost exclusively in monochrome. Betina la Plante’s black and white portraits are beautifully lit and composed, as anyone with an eye for photography could tell you. But there’s something deeper going on in her work, driven (I suspect) by the interesting life she’s led and the people she has met along the way. This is character driven photography at its best, the personality of her sitters captured in their expressions and the emotions conveyed by their eyes.

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Ballerinas by Eduardo

  Ballerina portraits by Eduardo Izq

Some of you will already be familiar with the portrait photography of Eduardo Izq. His style is very natural: he uses natural light, and portrays his models without make-up and often without fashionable clothing. It’s the opposite of taking portraits of people to make them look pretty the conventional way, with make-up and styling. But it works, and on a much deeper level, as he captures both beauty and character in his portraits.

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My Top Ten Favourite Photos From 2013

Top ten photos from 2013

Every January I take a little time out to choose my favourite images from the previous year. Contemplation and taking time to think are an important part of the creative process. The act of looking back over a body of work and thinking about it, not in a critical sense but looking for themes and trends, helps us assess the body of work that builds up over the years. I like to know where I’m going, and the path forward becomes clearer when you understand where you have come from.

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DxO FilmPack 4

DxO FilmPack 4 conversionAfter writing about DxO FilmPack 3 I decided to download version 4 (the most recent). I came to this software with a  strong preconception: that I don’t see the need to make digital images look like they were taken with a film camera. And if there’s no need for that, then that makes DxO FilmPack 4 a superfluous piece of software.

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Mimicking Film with Digital – and DxO FilmPack 3 for Free

DxO Film Pack 3

If you’ve ever used your camera’s Picture Style* settings you are imitating the use of film. Camera manufacturers include Picture Styles so you can change the look of your images according to the subject. For example, if you have an EOS camera you can choose the portrait Picture Style if you are taking photos of people (less sharpening, optimised for skin tones) or the landscape Picture Style if you are taking photos of a landscape (more sharpening, deeper greens and blues).

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An Introduction to Silver Efex Pro 2

Silver Efex Pro 2

Today I’m going to start looking at some of the software you can buy to carry out tasks that your main software (ie. Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) cannot. The promise of these programs is that they either do something the mainstream programs don’t, or something that they do, but better.

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Fire Performers

Fire performer portrait project

Today I’d like to share with you some portraits I took recently of three women who are fire performers. It’s the start of a project that I intend to pursue over the coming months.

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