This past week has seen me finishing the layouts for the print version of my Affinity Photo How To book. This afternoon I hit the publish button and with a bit of luck, the print version will be on sale on Amazon within 24 hours.
Unfortunately, with most of my time going into the book, there hasn’t been any new photography. Instead, I’ve confined my activities to processing and reprocessing old images. Here’s one of a group of Silver Birch trees in the Peak District.
Whilst I’ve photographed these trees many times in varied weather conditions, I haven’t really considered how they would look in black and white. But after my recent run of good results processing black and white, I thoughts it was time to try and I’ve extremely pleased with the results.
In terms of my processing, the original RAW file was converted to a colour image using Capture One 2021. I then used the Nik Collection to convert the image to Black and White in Nik Silver Efex Pro. After that, I switched to On1 Photo where I applied the Dynamic Contrast filter to the foreground tree followed by a Glow filter to the entire image.
Although I made the conversion to black and white using Nik, I could equally have used On1, which is the subject of this week’s YouTube video.
On1 Photo Black and White Processing
With my head very much in the black and white processing space, I decided to share how I processed this next shot.
This is another Saddleworth image from January 2019, taken with a Fuji XT2 and Fuji 18-135 lens (see my lens review). This time all the process is with On1 Photo using the Effects filters. Even if you don’t use On1 Photo, you might still find the video interesting because similar filters are available in other software.
You can watch the video on my YouTube channel with the link (https://youtu.be/a9uoO4onTQw).
I hope that you enjoy the photos and video and have a great weekend.