52-Weeks Of My Life

Photos by Jacqueline Fay

Week 5 – #3. Before/After

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I love to convert my portraits to black and white wherever possible, so I decided that it would be interesting to show the Before/After versions of one of my recent portraits. This is because I feel that the impact of the image in B and W is usually so much greater:  facial expressions seem to be more pronounced and dramatic because distracting colored details are eliminated. In the case below, I first processed the image in LR 5 and in PS CC. I then edited the image in to Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.  This is the only plug-in I use for converting an image to black and white. For those of you who have used Nik Silver Efex, you know that there are many presets available for portraits. I really don’t have a favorite one yet, so I try out many of them to see which one seems to fit the portrait I am converting. Then I tweak the preset setting using the sliders provided. (I never use the preset straight up.)  My last step is to try out a vignette, or to burn the edges of the photo. Most often, I choose one or the other. If you have any comments or feedback to give me, I would love to hear them! In this case, I feel that the B and W version has more impact. Please let me know if you feel differently.

George - before and afterGeorge - after

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11 thoughts on “Week 5 – #3. Before/After

  1. I love the black and white, it especially shows the detail of his face. Great job!

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  2. You have certainly found the ‘right track’, great lighting, wonderful detail — simply superb!

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  3. I love how the black and white brings out the character in his face. It gets my vote.

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  4. My vote too for the black and white – fantastic.

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  5. I like the B&W too. Thank you also for sharing how you edited it. I too use Silver Efex for black and white conversions. I am enjoying experimenting with the presets.

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  6. The black and white really shows the character in his face. I’ve been thinking about getting silver efex. This makes me want to try it even more.

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  7. Hi Michelle, thanks for your comment! I have really been enjoying seeing your blog photos. You are certainly talented and on your way! I love Nik Silver Efex and highly recommend it. It makes B and W processing so easy and fun. Happy snapping :-))

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  8. the B & W is definitely a better result for the drama in the face.

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  9. Thanks, Sue, for your opinion here! I appreciate it.

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