Ton­ing tech­nique

Add at­mos­phere with a hint of colour

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1 De­sat­u­rate the shot

Im­port mono_s­tart.NEF and browse to it in Cap­ture NX-D. Use the Mono­chrome Pic­ture Con­trol to de­sat­u­rate the shot, and then ap­ply a Red Fil­ter Ef­fect to darken the greyscale of the orig­i­nal photo’s blues. Click on the Tone (De­tail) icon (see an­no­ta­tion 08).

2 Re­cover high­lights

Choose Im­age> Show Lost High­lights. The swan’s blown-out (de­tail-free) high­lights will ap­pear as white patches. Drag the High­light Pro­tec­tion slider right to 80 to claw back some of the miss­ing high­lights. Press Shift + H to see the edited black and white im­age.

3 Wash with colour

Click back on Pic­ture Con­trol. Set the Ton­ing drop­down to Cyan­otype to add a wash of cool blue to the greyscale photo. Cre­ate a sub­tle tint by drop­ping the Ad­just sat­u­ra­tion slider to 2.75. Al­ter­na­tively, you could add a warmer wash of Sepia for a vin­tage vibe.

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