Nik Silver Efex Video


Yesterday I published a new video on my You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMWL3WXU9QMeOUhD3lOpEw This is one is another of those videos focussing on the overlooked adjustments. People often overlook some of the most powerful adjustments in favour of the most obvious. If you want to create some black and white conversions reminiscent of film, watch this [...]

How did it look at the start?


After I posted this black and white image taken from near the summit of Great Gable in the English Lake District a number of you wanted to know what the starting image looked like. Well here is it.   Looks great eh and you can immediately see how I turned it into the finished version [...]

Photography with an open mind


Yesterday was time for a walk in that it wasn't raining hard; at least not when I headed out. As is usually the case I picked up a camera to take with me but this time it was a hard decision. Was it worth actually bothering? You see the walk I was intending to do [...]

Broken Link in Silver Efex Book


I was recently contacted by someone who had purchased my Nik Silver Efex book but was having problems. I mention in the book that Nik provide a number of useful presets on their site which are free to download. These include a good Landscape preset and a faux infrared preset which is quite dramatic. There [...]

Friday Image Step by Step


I had a request over the weekend to provide further details about how I did the Silver Efex conversion for the Friday 003 image. So here is a high level breakdown of the work. Step 1 - Start with the end in mind This involved looking at the image and understanding how I wanted it [...]

Which do you like best


I captured this image of a frosty yesterday morning on the edge of a car park. It did raise a few eyebrows from passersby. My initial intension was to convert it to a black and white image using Nik Silver Efex Pro. I made a few variations of the image using different conversions, some high [...]

LX5 Dynamic Black and White RAW Problem


If you are a regular visitor to the Lightweight Photographer site you may be aware that I like to solve people’s photographic problems if I can. One of the problems that seems to crop up with some regularity on Forums is that when shooting with the LX5 using the Dynamic Black and White setting the [...]