2015-05-22_Silver Efex Pro 2 recipes

For today’s Processing Tuesday we leave a bit Adobe Lightroom for another great tool, Google’s Nik Collection‘s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Silver Efex Pro 2 is my “go to” plugin for awesome black and white photography. Lightroom’s black and white module is quite useful, but is far from being as powerful as Silver Efex Pro. You have much more control on the contrast and the structure (+/- clarity on Lightroom), that can be global or separated for highlights, mid tones and shadows. And those Control Points… I think I’ll have to make a few articles about it 🙂

Today’s free presets, or recipes as they’re called in Nik, are my 2 favourites for Silver Efex Pro. They are pretty bright presets, that I use for street photography mainly. Let’s see how they do on this photo of an old Trabant’s “portrait”, in a very good shape, and with little hearts on the eyes:

So we have:

  • High structure: structure/clarity oriented preset, perfect for highly detailed photos.
  • High key: a highlight oriented preset, much softer than the High Structure one. Goes well for portraits.

Just click a bit down to download these 2 free Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 presets, and have fun!

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See you next Tuesday for more processing resources!

People commuting from work to home... and under the rain. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2014.

And for this new Photo of the Week, one of my favourites photos, Commuting:

People commuting from work to home... and under the rain.

This photo was taken during Autumn 2014, on a rainy afternoon. The idea with this photo is to reflect the attitude of the people commuting usually from work to home, they are here physically but are in their own mind, thinking about their own business. The blur of the people shows this both “here but not really here” attitude.

Commuting was taken in a quite long exposure, almost 1 second, for a street photo. It helped creating the people’s blur… and also reduce the ISO and raise the quality, 2 birds with 1 stone! Of course a tripod was mandatory here. I wish I had an umbrella too, my poor Canon 6D was totally wet. At least I now know that the weatherproofing works great.

This photo has been processed in black and white with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with an accent given on the black in order to reflect the global mood of the scene.

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A group of hungarian students going to the kick off demonstration for the Hungarian Student Days 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. One of them was quite... sexy ;)

It’s Friday, time for a new pic of the week 🙂 And good news, I’m still in love with black and white street photography:

A group of hungarian students going to the kick off demonstration for the Hungarian Student Days 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. One of them was quite... sexy ;)

During my lunch break at work I met with a group of hungarian students going to the kick off demonstration for the Hungarian Students Days 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. One of them was quite… sexy 😉

I really like this portrait. Maybe technically it’s not the best photography I’ve ever taken but it has this power, this dynamic, this contrast… and a guy with a wig, an instant classic 😀 I’m just a bit sad I couldn’t manage to go and take more photos of the Students Days, it is usually pretty fun and quite original.

This photo was processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for the standard workflow and then with Google’s Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2.

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