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    • I use silver efex, from nik software to convert from colour to b&w. the presets are easy to use, I'm strictly a hobbyist photographer and using it with lightroom allows me to preview what the photo will look like with each preset.

      What do you use?

    • I'm a hobbyist, too. I haven't used Silver Efex in a while, mostly because lazy. That and I don't like that I can't make my changes non-destructive when using it with Lightroom. Plus the resulting hundreds of megabyte TIFF file. So instead I pretty much stick with Lightroom. I do it this way:

      1) Edit the image (in color) for the best look

      2) Hit the Black & White button.

      3) Adjust edits for the effect I want. Note that once converted to Black & White an additional B&W panel is available that allows you to adjust the luminance (?) of each color. The target brush works quite well for selecting things to lighten or darken.

      Example: in the attached image the red and black wires were not as separated in brightness as I wanted after conversion. I lightened the red. I used the target brush to darken the (mostly blue) insulators that were part of the crimped on terminals. Otherwise they were the same tone as the red wires in the original conversion to black and white

      All that said, I really don't know what I'm doing. I'm curious as to what other people do.

    • I do various. I let the camera do it in jpeg. Love the old Panasonic G2 for that. Or Nik. Or DxO Film pack. The new Color Profiles in ACR and LR are fair too.

    • All of the above mentioned techniques have their advantages - one needs to remember sometimes very bad color can create a better black and white image than a well balanced color image too - if the end result is B&W, why care whether the color balance is correct before conversion. Use the Hue and lumnosity of the colors to help create the monochrome tones you want in your final image.

      I use the LR profiles sometimes if i am in a hurry, but I have no real love for them. Many seem bland to me, but maybe I just don't play withthem enough to appreciate them.

      I do like Silver FX a lot. It is true that if you convert with Silver FX in LR, the changes are baked in - BUT - one can then export both a color version of the image and the B&W version of the image into Photoshop and blend them there in PS, in layers. Or one can export a colored image from LR to PS, and then convert with Silver FX and blend the result in PS, before exporting the final image back to LR. One can create B&W images in Photoshop via Image>Adjustments>Black and White> play with the color sliders

      Nothing wrong with shooting RAW and B&W filtered jpgs simultaneously in your camera either ( if your camera body can do that and most better bodies can ) - fast and easy - think red or orange filters for darker skies

      There are lots of other programs that can help render monochrome images- Topaz Adjust can certainly do that or one of its fellow apps. Google will find lots of others.

      Here is a great grey owl in monochrome from the Raptor Center in Sitka Alaska- probably via SIlver FX - but once I have rendered a B&W I no longer try to recall how I did it. I just wanted the yellow eyes to pop

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