/ Experimenting with Black and white Cairngorms
Definitely recommend you keep at it - black and white landscapes can look superb! Have fun.
A quick google for something like 'convert colour to black and white photoshop' will give you loads to play around with, and you'll be amazed what you can acheive very quickly. It's worth considering what the shot will look like in black and white when you're taking it as well though.
When it comes to B&W in winter dont forget that snow is White, not grey
You get a very small tonal range in winter with objects that tend to either zone 0-2 and from 9-10
It does make it tough on the exposure and when printing
Nice stuff John. They probaby need a bit more contrast and get those whites white. I use Nik Silver eFex Pro and it really is fabulous for B&W. If you are serious then it's a bit on dear side but for the Photoshop lazy like me a very quick and effective package.
all the best with this, mono does add something to mountain shots I think.
Don't set B&W in camera do it later even from a jpg
Lightroom gives good results. Try hitting Black and white then play with the curve and colour sliders. I usually find I need the virtual neutral density filter and or adjustment brush to get the exposure correct in all part of the image. Clarity often helps as well. I should do a video at some point
If you have photoshop, I'd recomend doing a white point marker for you contrast curves first, then using the B&W layer to adjust individual colours. (Normally lightening greens/yellows and darkening blues/reds.)
There's a few very good youtube tutorials on this.
Here's some of my efforts, but like you I'm just starting.
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