I got a bunch of emails on the Black & White Jackie Greene image from the last post and since it only took about a minute to do, I thought i would write up a quick post showing the steps using Nik software Silver Efex Pro right from Lightroom. I have shown this before but since it is so damn easy to do I am going to do it again.
The first thing to do is find an image that you think will make a good black and white image. For Jackie I wanted to reproduce the look of an old photograph becasue even though he is a new young musician, there is just something about his look and sound that makes me think old photo.
I selected this image and adjusted the blacks a little. just as if I were editing for a color image then I opened Silver Efex Pro directly from inside Lightroom.
Now that I had the image open in Silver Efex Pro, I started with the “Antique Plate 1” preset.
This was good starting point, but I wanted the Jackie and especially his vest to be closer to black without the background to be any darker, so I added a control point to the image and adjusted the vest and Jakie independently of the background.
After adjusting the image to where it looked good to me, I clicked save and the right back into Lightroom I went with the new image selected.
At this point I made a few final adjustments to the color, mainly I just pushed the black a little further to black and I was done.
Exported the image and ran it through iWatermark.
It took a lot longer to write this up than it did to actually create the image.
Really nice image, Alan! I love the soulful “action” of this shot and the way the slight vignetting nicely draws the eye into Jackie. Great Silver Efex Pro work; well done.
Kevin (from Nik Software)
I really like being able to run the Silver Efex Pro right from lightroom. Defiantly changed the way I work.