This is what I did using Nik Silver Efex Pro to produce this black and white landscape photography image
Full Contrast and Structure. I immediately liked the effect of this preset.
Green – again a quick decision as the efffect worked well.
The image was too bright overall at this stage, so I added a big vignette, Lens Falloff 3 to darken down the edges, and the moved into the Brightness Panel to finish off.
Firstly I reduced the overall brightness by 30%, which is quite a lot.
I then pumped up the Dynamic Brightness by 57%, again quite a lot. Well even more than the overall reduction in brightness of the image.
I then played around with all of the these sliders as I was not happy with the look of the image, ending up with the following settings in the Brightness Panel
- Overall Brightness -25%
- Highlights - no change
- Midtones +54%
- Shadows -73%
- Dynamic Brightness +80%
And this is how I ended up with this image.
And a point I want to make now about making adjustments like this in Lightroom. How do I remember what I have done to produce an image? I don’t want to always have to go back to a blog post but the range of options in Lightroom is limited and a bit fiddly, and I don’t really want to clutter up the caption field. I added the text Nik Silver Efex Pro 20032017 Blog post to the end of the text in the caption field for now.
I will look into this and see if I can find a better way.
Another thing to add to my list.
Talking of lists – no I will comeback to this subject another time. This is enough for a Monday morning! Yes I am really writing this on a Monday morning.
Getting back to the image and away from all that Lightroom stuff I have to say I really like this image, the composition is sound and the picture works well in colour and black and white.
I like both of these pictures of Kimmeridge, and need to decide which image is going to be the chosen one for my Dorset Photographer web page.
Rick McEvoy Photography
Monday 20th March 2017