Photomatix for Black and White


Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 12:32
For some shots, I find that Photomatix can be very useful for making black and white conversions. Even from a single exposure, we can tonemap using the available presets or starting from scratch. I like a couple of the presets, one being the Creative and the other being the Monochrome. There's a choice of mono so the closest to the desired effect can be chosen. I then tonemap and save as a JPEG. I open the tonemapped file in Photoshop CS5 and adjust there as desired.

Here's a few examples:

Any comments or thoughts will be welcome.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 12:40
Very nice, I like 'em.

#1 might be improved by straightening the converging/diverging verticals

#3 composition is excellent with the path leading into the image

Good job, well done.
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Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 14:32
But what were the colour versions like?
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Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 16:07
Nice shot's John, really like 3 and 5.

I find Photomatix and HDR in general can produce some real pleasing result in monochrome, this shot was produced with three bracketed exposures in Potomatix:

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Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 17:00
1 & 2 work best I think - great dynamic range but with the light sources coming across fairly naturally.
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Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 17:14
Hi John
There all good but 5 would be my favourite I really like it . Paul
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Last Edited by maranatha on 10/01/2014 - 17:15


Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 18:09
Nice shots John, I like the symmetry in 2 and the overall effect in 3. I haven't used Photomatix in ages, but on the odd occasion I find it is good for BW portraits when a certain effect is required.

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Link Posted 10/01/2014 - 19:04
I think the B&W conversions compliment the subjects. Like them all. Must investigate Photomatix further

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