Better black and whites
George Cairns demonstrates how to produce striking high-contrast monochrome conversions
Use Nikon’s Capture NX-D to produce monochrome conversions
Why should we convert a colour photo into black and white? By removing the distractions of colour the eye is free to focus on the remaining contrasting shapes and patterns in the greyscale version of the scene. Black-and-white images also tend to stand out from the colour crowd, which helps them get noticed on social media platforms.
But what makes a good black-andwhite image? If you simply desaturate a photograph to remove its colour you may end up with a drab wash of grey tones. Traditionally, photographers shooting with black-and-white film could place coloured filters over the lens to selectively lighten or darken parts of the monochrome picture. For example, a red filter would darken blue skies, enabling delicate white clouds to stand out more. Capture NX-D provides similar filters to help you lighten or darken greyscale tones based on the original colours in the scene, so you can fine-tune which areas contrast against each other.
An effective black-and-white image should also have a high contrast to help key subjects stand out. We’ll show you have to use Capture NX-D’s clipping warning tools to ensure the presence of some white highlights, and black shadows will also help to guarantee a strong contrast.
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