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!
See you next Tuesday for more processing resources!