Black and White Conversion Software

Started May 13, 2013 | Questions
Larry Berman
Veteran MemberPosts: 3,642Gear list
Like?
Black and White Conversion Software
May 13, 2013

Which software is better for black and white conversion, Nik Silver Efex Pro or Topaz B&W Effects? Stand alone and as a Photoshop plugin. Or is there another program I'm not aware of?

-- hide signature --
ANSWER:
rfeuer
Regular MemberPosts: 300Gear list
Like?
Re: Black and White Conversion Software
In reply to Larry Berman, May 13, 2013

Larry Berman wrote:

Which software is better for black and white conversion, Nik Silver Efex Pro or Topaz B&W Effects? Stand alone and as a Photoshop plugin. Or is there another program I'm not aware of?

-- hide signature --

I use Siler efex and ononesoftware and like both products.

New version coming out for Onone this month.

Download the any of the products and try them for yourself.

Enjoy.

-- hide signature --

It's not the equipment, it's your eye that matters most

 rfeuer's gear list:rfeuer's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended +5 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Dave Luttmann
Forum ProPosts: 12,295Gear list
Like?
Re: Black and White Conversion Software
In reply to Larry Berman, May 13, 2013

I find Silver Efex the most effective software out there for B&W conversion

 Dave Luttmann's gear list:Dave Luttmann's gear list
Canon PowerShot G3 Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Canon EOS D30 Canon EOS 10D Nikon D2X +15 more
selected answer This post was selected as the answer by the original poster.
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
mallbuedel
Contributing MemberPosts: 921Gear list
Like?
Re: Black and White Conversion Software
In reply to Larry Berman, May 13, 2013

I use IrfanView or FastStone as a quick and dirty means to decide wether a color photp would look better in b&w. If so, I process it in DxO.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Doug Pardee
Veteran MemberPosts: 7,444Gear list
Like?
For fun: Camera Bag 2 [6 pix]
In reply to Larry Berman, May 13, 2013

Larry Berman wrote:

is there another program I'm not aware of?

At the not-so-serious end of the spectrum is "Camera Bag 2" from NeverCenter ($19 US). CB2 provides a bunch of different ways to convert to B&W, some of them rather unusual or even extreme.

This originally was a full-daylight shot. I threw the downloadable Mori filter on it, turned down its Highlights tool, and added an Exposure tool to reduce brightness to taste.

This one used the 1962 filter, with a frame added.

This night scene was processed with the downloadable 3X filter, which I'd created as an emulation of Tri-X 400.

Processed with the supplied Portrait III filter. Vignetting was adjusted.

Processed with a custom-designed split-tone filter.

Taken with a Holga lens on my DSLR, processed with the 1937 filter. Frame added.

Just some examples of the possibilities. Again, though, this is more for creative/fun work than for serious work.

-- hide signature --

The open-source LightZone Project: http://lightzoneproject.org/

 Doug Pardee's gear list:Doug Pardee's gear list
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Canon EOS 350D Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Snapseed +20 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Doug Pardee
Veteran MemberPosts: 7,444Gear list
Like?
For serious work: LightZone [2 pix]
In reply to Larry Berman, May 13, 2013

The LightZone Project is just about ready to release the free, open-source builds of LightZone for Windows and Linux [the Mac version isn't ready yet, due to the difficulty of getting Mac developers]. Originally a commercial product from 2005-2011, LightZone's now going to be offered under a free BSD license.

LightZone is loosely based on Zone System principles, and has proven particularly popular among B&W afficionados.

A lot of retouching in LightZone on this one.

Just some basic adjustments in LightZone.

See my signature for a link to the project.

-- hide signature --

The open-source LightZone Project: http://lightzoneproject.org/

 Doug Pardee's gear list:Doug Pardee's gear list
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Canon EOS 350D Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Snapseed +20 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Larry Berman
Veteran MemberPosts: 3,642Gear list
Like?
Re: Black and White Conversion Software
In reply to Larry Berman, May 14, 2013

Thanks everyone. I'm currently experimenting with trial versions of Nik Silver Efex–vs–Topaz B&W Effects.

-- hide signature --
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
granitespider
Contributing MemberPosts: 535
Like?
Re: Black and White Conversion Software
In reply to Larry Berman, May 14, 2013

I use Alien Skin Exposure 3.  For b&w it gives you a good variety of preset film type emulations which you can further enhance including grain, vignette, focus, tonal changes...etc... the only drawback for me when comparing to Nik is that you can't set specific control points for specific application so you still have to do a lot of layer work.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads