Cairns demonstrates how to produce striking high-contrast black-and-white conversions of your photographs in Capture NX-D
Create high-contrast monochrome photos in NX-D
By making a black-and-white conversion of a colour image you can focus more on contrasting shapes and patterns in a scene. A monochrome image also harks back to the days of analogue film, adding a touch of retro class to your shot. Black-andwhite images stand out from the colour crowd, which helps them get noticed on social media platforms such as Instagram.
It’s a simple matter to desaturate a colour shot in Capture NX-D, but this can result in a bland wash of greyscale tones. An effective monochrome shot should have high contrast to help key subjects stand out. We’ll show you how to use Capture NX-D’S clipping warning tools to ensure the contrasting presence of white highlights and black shadows.
In pre-digital days, black-and-white film photographers placed coloured filters over their camera’s lens to selectively lighten or darken areas in the monochrome picture. For example, a red filter would darken blue skies, enabling white clouds to stand out more in contrast. Capture NX-D’S Picture Controls provide similar colour filters to help you lighten or darken greyscale tones based on the scene’s original colours. To use Picture Controls you need to work with a Raw format file. This useful tool is unavailable if you shoot in JPEG format.