One would have thought with all of the bells and whistles of our sophisticated digital cameras enhanced by the power of the digital darkroom, color would be first and foremost in our images. On the contrary of late there has been a resurgence of B&W photography. These images are captured in COLOR and then converted to B&W. I have been enjoying the challenge to find the right images for this change. Helping me immensely in this decision process has been NIK Software's Silver Efex.
This plug-in has about thirty templates for a starting point. From here you can choose to work the various sliders to alter the brightness, contrast, and the structure. Two other sliders help to vary the Shadows and the Highlights. If that wasn't enough, how about using one of the five color filters there but for a click of your mouse. And, one more pleasant surprise for old-time B&W film (that plastic-like material that came in a canister) users, you can take a stroll down memory lane with Kodak TriX 400TX Pro or Ilford Pan F Plus 50 and ten others. Each of these film choices recreates the effect that B&W had.
Here is a site where you can read up more on B&W Photography:
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