Concert lighting can be really tough to work with. One solution to crappy lights is to turn a bad color image into a great black and white image. This is something that I have been doing for years and Silver Efex Pro made it easy. Now Silver Efex Pro 2 makes it even easier  with the new Dynamic Brightness control which gives different parts of your image different adjustments based on the existing tonal values in each area. I know that sounds complicated so lets see what that means in real life:

I opened an image that I wanted to convert to black and white in Silver Efex Pro:

Notice that the Brightness slider has no drop down menu and basically just increases the brightness for the whole image, which is turning the parts I want to stay black to grey.

So with just the brightness slider I was able to bring out more of the face but he image lacked the punch of the color version. I opened the same image in Silver Efex Pro 2.

With Silver Efex Pro 2 there are now options when it comes to adjusting the brightness. You can control the Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows which makes it much easier to create a better image.

So without any other adjustments, this Black and White version is much closer to what I wanted. I know I could have done the same thing with control points or masking and adjustments in Photoshop, but this was so much easier and could be saved as a preset in case I wanted to adjust other images from the same shoot.

 

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