I read an interesting post over on Pioneer Woman’s Photography section yesterday that dealt specifically with black & white photography. She had asked for ideas and samples for converting photos into black & white.
More Black and White
There are so many interesting comments from a mix of readers, from professionals to amateurs like me. I rely mainly on actions to convert my photos to b & w, and several mentioned in the comment section were already in my arsenal. But I learned that there are so many different ways to convert a photo that it left my head spinning.
So I spent the early part of this evening playing around with different actions and downloading a couple that I’d never heard of before and trying them out. And since I have nothing else of importance to say today, I thought I’d share some of the portraits I was working on.
Today’s models are all brought to you from the animal kingdom.
Kevin Kubota’s Chocolate Syrup 2
Kevin Kubota’s Classic Film-Effects was the first set of actions I purchased for myself. The chocolate syrup pair is one of my favorites because I love the rich brown tones. And frankly, I’d love anything named chocolate syrup.
B’s Vanilla II (free download)
I’d never heard of this one until today and I love the warm tones. I also like the contrast control that it affords.
Princess of Shadows Cappuccino (free download)
This is one of several vintage wash offerings by Princess of Shadows and the whole pack is available free. They’re really beautiful.
Red Leaf Studios Dy-No-Myte
The tones in Red Leaf Studio’s vintage soft tones actions are designed to compliment and not overpower your image. I played around with all three of their B & W actions and found that the tones of this one worked the best here.
Michelle Black’s BW Essence (free download)
This Michelle Black classic action allows so much control over your image. I could have gone super dramatic here and had to calm myself down. I loved playing with this one.
PW’s B & W – set 1 (free download)
Doug Boutwell at Totally Rad Actions helped Ree Drummond create her free action packs and they remain at the top of my list. This beautiful black & white one adds a soft black edge to the finished product.
Totally Rad Actions Bitchin’ B & W (free download)
A beautiful B & W conversion. To get the free download, click on ‘try em’, then fill in your info. This action is the duplicate of the one he created for PW called B&W Beauty.
Kevin Kubota’s KPZ Grainy Film
I can’t say enough about Kevin Kubota’s Classic Film-Effects Pak and chose this one to bring out the fur in my model here. Hello, my friend.
Hope you enjoyed today’s critters and the black & white photography. Thanks for stopping by, my friends.
Until tomorrow, then . . .