Cap­ture NX-D

Cairns demon­strates how to pro­duce strik­ing high-con­trast black-and-white con­ver­sions of your pho­to­graphs in Cap­ture NX-D

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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.

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