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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · b&W nik conversion help


Hi all,

I'm just not happy with the b/w conversions i'm producing from the nik software.
I've messed with most of the tools in the software, but I'm not geting the popping b/w's others are getting.
I know a lot has to to with good light (wich this photo lacked) but know that I should be able to get a better result.
Any and all help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Ben



Oct 15, 2012 at 01:11 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · b&W nik conversion help


For Picture when i want a clean B&W conversion i use Gorman B&W action located here http://www.atncentral.com/bw_conv.html
I think it's great.

When i want something more edgy and heaps of contrast/different i use Nik.
For me i leave it on the default and play around with the film styles i'm liking trimax 400 and another from memory, i think Ilford. From there i adjust the grain and brightness and contrast.

I also use the control points in Nik and adjust certain parts of the image

The photos below are done using that method
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1153583/0#11009587

Also it helps to have a good photo for a B&W conversion



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · b&W nik conversion help


Ben,

I am not familair with the Nik software, but indeed, I can imagine your imagine already has to "pop" before converting it.

Maybe you could consider to provide people a file, in order for them to give it a try !?
That way you can determine if it's "you" or the file !

Rgds
Velu



Oct 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · b&W nik conversion help


I obsessed over my black and white conversions for YEARS. I tried virtually everything and finally settled on NIK Silver Efex Pro.

One of the first things I noticed with your photo is that it is underexposed. If you shot this using available light, you need make a decision...expose for your subject? expose for your background? or use evaluative metering and take all of the scene into consideration.

Personally, I use spot metering and expose for the subject and let the tones of the rest of the scene fall wherever.

I think that is why your conversion looks so muddy and murky.

On a different note, I found that NIK's out of the box conversions really sucked. It took me a long time to develop presets that are to my liking. Here are my thoughts: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1070286/0?keyword=nik,silver,efex#10180535

Good luck!

Chuck



Oct 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM
 



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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · b&W nik conversion help


Thanks for the link, Chuck!

Kevin



Oct 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · b&W nik conversion help


Take a look at this. I used Silver Efex Pro, made some adjustments to levels in Photoshop first to level out the photo.







Oct 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · b&W nik conversion help


Thanks for the input!
I'm still not sure how to improve my conversions with nik...
Any help/guidance would be welcome.
Thanks again,
Ben



Oct 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM





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