Black & White & Read All Over
Oct16

Black & White & Read All Over

In my article “My Favorite Gear for Creating Monochrome Photographs” in the October ’17 issue of Shutterbug (on newsstands 9/10/17), I didn’t mention Alien Skin Software’s Exposure X3 because it was still in beta but it’s available now for $149. Exposure X3 for OS X and Windows can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom or as a standalone app. It’s Collections feature lets you group...

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Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG
Jul17

Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG

There are more ways to convert a color file into a monochrome photograph than “are dreamt about in your philosophy, Horatio.” In my Geared Up column in the October ’17 of Shutterbug (on newsstands September 10,) I’ll be doing a comprehensive (as possible) look at all of the different ways to convert a color file into monochrome but here are a few early tips to get you in the mood: I am a big believer that there are lots of photo...

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Wordy Wednesday #447 “Castle Rock: Tea for Two”
Jun21

Wordy Wednesday #447 “Castle Rock: Tea for Two”

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”—Abraham Lincoln One of my favorite places to make photographs and test new cameras is Castle Rock, Colorado. This image was made with the Pentax K-01 and a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (at 55mm.) Exposure was 1/250 sec at f/10 and ISO 400 and was converted to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro. If you enjoy mirrorless photography,...

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Controlling Color: Go Monochrome
Aug15

Controlling Color: Go Monochrome

One of the easiest ways to eliminate color shifts is to simply to eliminate the color! Ok, maybe you think that’s cheating but sometimes a monochrome image is just what you need to focus the attention on the real subject and not the color. And monochrome doesn’t have to mean “black & white.” It’s “a picture done in different shades of a single color,” which in the photo world means toning. Here’s a way to produce a...

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