George Cairns creates effective mono conversions using Filter Effects
Create more effective monochrome conversions using Capture NX-D’s Filter Effects
The internet bombards us daily with images vying for attention. Many shots have been post-processed to feature garish colours in the hope that they’ll catch our eye. One way to make your images stand out from the hypercolour crowd is to create a striking mono conversion. To do so you could simply drag Capture NX-D’s Saturation slider to the left to throw out all of the colour information in a photo. But, as highlighted in this issue’s Teach Youself Lightroom on page 42, this approach can leave you with a wash of drab greyscale tones where one object blends into another. An effective mono conversion uses contrasting tones to make a subject (such as our swan) stand out from its background, and one way to create contrast is to lighten or darken tones based on their original colours.
Capture NX-D’s Monochrome Picture Control has dropdown coloured filter presets (such as Red, Green and Orange) that change the luminance of various greyscale tones using the photo’s original colour information. This mimics the technique of placing coloured filters over an analogue Nikon’s lens to alter the tones of photographs captured on black-and-white film.
Compared to apps such as Lightroom, Capture NX-D’s colour Filter Effects produce subtle variations in the monochrome conversion. It lacks Lightroom’s more powerful slider-based approach that enables you to fine-tune the intensity of the adjusted greyscale tones using their original colour information.
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