52-Weeks Of My Life

Photos by Jacqueline Fay

Week 5 – #3. Before/After


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

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!


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


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


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


  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.


  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.


  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 :-))


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


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


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