This image was a real experiment.Usually when converting an image to black and white I have a few different options in Photoshop Since Niksoft is letting you download all their filters, if you have bought one in the past five years, then I though why not take a look at Niksoft Silver Efex.
To experiment I thought I would use an image that i knew would really take advantage of a black and white process, an iron door knocker on an iron door. I wanted a Low key toning with out flattening the details in the metal.
First in adobe camera raw i made sure the overall exposure and balance of light was right I then imported the image to Photoshop.
In Silver Efex I used the Low key preset and made some adjustments to suit the image. I don’t think there is anything wrong in having or using presets as long as you don’t treat them as one glove fits all.
I made adjustments to the structure but raising it (this brings out the midtone contrast). I reduced the overall contrast and added a slight vignette on the corners.
In Photoshop I dodged and burned areas that i felt need to be lightened and darkened.
What do you think of the image? Have you ever used Silver Efex before? What is your favorite Black and white conversion method? Or if you have another comment please use the comment box below.