Whether you previsualize every image, experiment as you process or fall somewhere in between, using specialized software to convert your images from color to black-and-white can make the process easier and help achieve better results.
While most software gives you the ability to customize and personalize your images through individual edits to highlights, shadows, contrast, color filters and grain, many also have preset filters. These presets are useful, as they can be used to match specific analog film grains for a desired look or as a starting place for your own experimentation.
NIK SILVER EFEX PROSilver Efex Pro (above), part of the Google Nik Collection, is the go-to plug-in for many pro photographers. The Dynamic Brightness and Soft Contrast features allow you to customize brightness and contrast, emphasizing lines and shapes while maintaining highlight exposure and defining depth of field. As you edit, the built-in histores your changes side by side, so you can undo any unwanted edits at anytime. Preset filters include 18 popular film types, as well as additional toners, borders and vignettes. Customize your own presets and import additional presets from company updates and other users. List Price: $149 (entire Nik Collection). Contact: www.google.com/nikcollection.
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