Black and White image manipulation tools and techniques
MacPhun Tonality Presets
Keith's 'City Light' presets for the MacPhun Tonality Pro plugin. Developed for architectural images when converting from colour to B&W. Before and after examples, and how they differ from 'straight' B&W conversions. Also using them as a luminance adjustment for colour images. [June 2016]
Macphun Tonality Pro
A plugin and standalone application for producing black and white images from colour. Editing features include masked adjustments and layers. Tested in Photoshop. Layers work for Aperture and Lightroom. [July 2014]
Macphun Intensify Pro
A Mac application and plugin that gives a wide range of adjustments and enhancements for images, and includes maskable layers for additional refinement. Tested in Photoshop. Layers work for Aperture and Lightroom. [May 2014]
Topaz B&W Effects
A review of the B&W Effects plugin from Topaz Labs. Conversion of colour images to a range of black and white styles. Includes ability to fine tune and mask adjustments [November 2013]
Taming contrast enhancement halos with Silver Efex Pro - Although Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 is a great tool for creating black and white images, it's quite easy to generate halos and other artefacts around objects. Keith looks at how multiple applications of the plugin can help. [February 2013]
Nik Silver Efex Pro V2
Review of the latest specialist black and white conversion plugin from Nik Software.
Nik HDR Efex pro
Review of Nik's HDR image processing software. Examples concentrate on a realistic approach and use of HDR for night-time black and white shots.
Using the 7D at night
A short article written as part of Keith's testing of the Canon 7D. It includes some tips for optimising RAW conversion for noisy high ISO images.
Removing unwanted colour tints in monochrome printing
The effects of different lighting on some B/W prints [January 2011]
Producing a black and white print
An article describing the full process Keith went through in producing a black and white landscape print. From taking photographs, through editing the image and final printing. Includes a downloadable version of the original colour image as an example to work on. [May 09]
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Provides a wide range of colour to black and white conversion options and effects. Includes accurate film emulsion and grain simulations, and selective tools for enhancing different aspects of the resulting images. [December 08]
Power Retouche Black/white studio
Convert your 8 bit RGB images to 16 bit before converting to black and white?
Review of a Photoshop plugin giving a wide variety of effects when converting images from colour to black and white. Includes film types and the ability to selectively alter 'zones' of images.
If you are going to be doing much in the way of image manipulation (curves etc) to your black and white image, it may be better to convert your 8 bit colour images (such as JPEGs) into 16 bit colour first. Sometimes 8 bit RGB can be equivalent to 10 bit greyscale. It sounds a bit odd, but there are differences and they -might- make a difference to your final prints.
Black and White digital photography - an Introduction
The basics of producing high quality black and white photographs from your digital camera. Lots of examples give a feel for the different ways you can try, and some ideas for your own work. An extended version of an article that Keith first wrote for Canon in their CPS magazine (see picture above)
Converting Colour images to Black and White
A large collection of examples showing the many different ways of converting a colour image into Black and White. There are lots of subtle differences that can produce more satisfying results than simple desaturation (turning the colour down :-)) As yet, there are no true black and white digital cameras, so for best results you need to do the conversion yourself. The good news is that this gives you many more creative possibilities, and you can use any camera for digital black and white.
Photoshop Elements - removing colour casts and converting to black and white
Two more examples from Keith's free tutorials and introductory courses. These examples cover correcting colour casts caused by bad lighting and an introduction to getting black and white from colour. Although written for PS Elements, they are relevant for many other image editing applications.
Convert to BW Pro 3
A review of the latest black and white conversion photoshop plugin from 'TheImagingFactory' The software allows you to simulate many conventional black and white darkroom techniques, including different film stocks and grades of print papers.