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    • 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