MAKE PRO EDITS
Lee Frost reveals the essential adjustments he makes for the best black and white
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 (bwvision.com) 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.