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BW Tutorial – MY Way!

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well!

I have had a lot of questions, emails, and (blushing) compliments on my BW processing. Thank you so much! My processing for BW has actually been the same ever since I started photography. I’m constantly trying new color processing to find what I love (I think I”m there…but we’ll see)…but my BW processing has been pretty consistent – I make changes here and there depending on the image – but that’s normal! (Or at least I think that’s the way it should be – Please let me know if you disagree and why!)

I’ve posted two videos with two different images – just because one of the effects is more prevalent in the second image. I am FULLY aware that these images are not perfect technically. I’m basically showing you my BW processing.

As I’m watching these video back, I’m noticing that the picture quality is really not great in the movie version. Hope this helps – give it a try –

If you want to try the software for free, click on the icon to the right – Nik Silver Efecs or Nik Color efecs. See how you like it. :)  I do not work for Nik, however I am an affiliate and truly like their software.  So easy!

A few recent examples, then videos at the end. I suggest watching the videos in full screen.





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  • Mary Schannen - Hi Shaikh – Sorry it took sooo long for me to respond. I use the Canon 5d mark 2 and my go to lens outdoors is the 70 – 200 2.8 IS. Indoors is usually 50 1.4 but used the 24 – 70 2.8 for the second video.

    Sharp? Work on focus – I use Back Button Focus and do extra sharpening in PS. Plus when you resize an image for web, you need to do additional sharpening so it will look just as nice on the web as it does in print.

    Hope this helps!



  • Shaikh - – Hi,I’ve always loved your work. It’s so sharp and brhigt and clean. I’ve been a wedding photographer part time for about 5 years and would like to think i’m improving all the time. I like to check out what other people are doing. (your stuff is particularly inspiring). Thanks. I was wondering if you had any pointers in how to get my images as sharp and brhigt as yours ie, post processing techniques, and what cameras and lenses to use?? If you had time you can check out some of my work on my website. ( you will see i’ve got a long way to go) so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps you could write a book, I’m sure it would be a best seller. CheersSteve

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