Most digital photographers shoot in color and then use special software to turn the shot black and white. The experts may even create a shot, with the premeditation of wanting a monochromatic image, but most photographers take a spontaneous decision during the post-processing work.
Irrespective of the category you may belong to, there is need for sophisticated software to help convert the regular shots into monochromatic pictures. Good digital software offers the user the skill to customize and make the images unique with the help of editing tools that manipulate shadows, highlights, color filters, contrasts and even the grains of the image.
onOne Perfect B &W
The on One Perfect B&W has an amazing range of effects that enhance the custom presets. The effects library is easy to navigate and creates a preview thumbnail gallery of the given image in each of the effects to help you easily choose the right one. You can also play around with the dodge and burn tool to control detail and contrasts.
The Wacom tablet is compatible for pressure sensitive strength and brush size changes. It also provides extra film grains, vignettes and borders along with a tool to create layers to allow composites, HDR exposure processing and blends. The software is available as a standalone or as plug in for Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop.
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Topaz B&W Effects
Topaz B&W Effects is a fun plug in to use with its vast library that includes 200 and more filter effects. It is the perfect software for both amateurs and professionals alike. One can play around with authentic grain, border and vignette previews to create perfect images. You can create and store customized presets for future use and use advanced tools that control contrasts, dodging, smoothing, detail control and burning to result in perfect detailing.
Tiffin Dfx 3.0
The Tiffin Dfx has a huge gallery of effects and filters aimed exclusively at monochromatic photography. It has 125 distinctive filters that facilitate layering of multiple effects, offering unlimited creativity. The filters include grains, Tiffen glass, specialized lenses, photographic effects and natural light. It also includes basic manipulating tools that enhance the experience.
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