Lee Frost re­veals the es­sen­tial ad­just­ments he makes for the best black and white

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

Black and white pho­tog­ra­phy has a long and rich his­tory of post-pro­duc­tion work, with the dark­room be­ing as much a part of the process for many pho­tog­ra­phers as the ac­tual shoot­ing stage. Long-ex­po­sure ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy is one sub­ject where you can eas­ily go to town, turn­ing or­di­nary-look­ing pho­to­graphs into sur­real, space-age images. Joel Tjin­t­je­laar (bwvi­ is per­haps the best-known ex­po­nent of this tech­nique, though he’s now de­vel­oped his Black & White Ar­ti­san Pro panel to make life much eas­ier for pho­tog­ra­phers who want to em­u­late his style in a much shorter space of time.

In this tu­to­rial, we use Sil­ver Efex Pro 2, which is ar­guably one of the most pop­u­lar tools for repli­cat­ing some of the con­cepts of the tra­di­tional dark­room dig­i­tally. This has been used along­side some ba­sic Pho­to­shop tools such as Lasso, Dodge and Burn, Lev­els and Curves to help trans­form an im­age of the New York sky­line. Of course, these edit­ing steps can also be used on a range of dif­fer­ent images.

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