A Revelation

For a very long time, I’ve been somewhat dissatisfied with my digital black and white photos. They never had the tonality I could expect from a negative scan or a print. I asked someone on flickr, who had a tonality in his digital B&W images that I wished to achieve. He pointed me towards Capture One and DxO’s Silver Efex Plus 2 (in fact the whole DxO package). I’m not sure if Capture One and I agree with each other, more experimenting is needed. The DxO package though, is bloody brilliant. All of a sudden, I’m starting to get tonality I’m happier with.

Nikon Z6, Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S

It’s not just that though. I actually enjoy using the DxO plugin/software. And not just for B&W. There are plenty of ways of playing with colour too!

Nikon Z6, Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S

That said, I think Exposure X5 still has a place in my workflow. It’s fine for initial RAW processing and quick edits.

Nikon Z6, Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S

All of these shots were from this morning’s dog walk.

Anyway, today’s photo editing music is provided by Fatboy. What a find on spotify!

3 thoughts on “A Revelation”

  1. Your first two shots look great! I’ve never tried DxO, a long time creature of habit with Photoshop, but after reading your post, I might give it a try. Cheers.


    1. Thank you very much 🙂 Likewise, I tend to get stuck in my own habits, until I can see something is doing what I want, but better! It’s actually the Nik collection from DxO I’m using. I’ve not tried the DxO software itself.
      One niggle I’ve found is that I have to start PS up, close it, then start it up again, to get the Nik collection window to open when I open an image. Not a huge problem though.

      Again, thanks for the comment 🙂

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      1. No worries, I was keen to try Topaz AI software but my old first gen i7 PC lacks minimum specs. DxO should work though. I have the last non-subscription Photoshop 🙂


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