There’s a hint of Ray Metzker in this one, which I’m very pleased with.


4 thoughts on “crosshatched

  1. Hi Chris

    Love your portfolio – left comment there a few days ago. I was wondering, with your B&W shots, do you run any filters on the original images, or adjust contrast? If JPEG’s, make these adjustments in camera? Or do you shoot in RAW and make adjustments on your computer. Love the look you achieve.

    • Hi Max,

      I shoot RAW. I can’t imagine using jpg – you’re throwing away so much data when you do that and the ability to recover highlights, shadows etc is seriously reduced. You’re also stuck with how the camera’s jpg engine chooses to render the image. I don’t use physical filters apart from the rare use of an ND filter.
      In terms of my Black and White post-processing I treat each image individually but there are some things I tend to do on most images. I use Lightroom for processing and my workflow would be something like the following::

      (1) Correct exposure, recover highlights and shadows if required.
      (2) Convert to Black and White (using the option within Lightroom).
      (3) Adjust the white and black points. I like deep blacks so I will often push the blacks slider to the point where some black-clipping is present.
      (4) Make adjustments to the brightness of individual colours (in the HSL/Color/B&W panel). This is a big part of the creative process when creating monochromes and gives enormous control over the image. It also emulates how different B+W films respond to colour.
      (5) Adjust the tone-curve to suit. Generally I will push the highlights and lower the shadows. I like the classic S-Curve.
      (6) Raise contrast if required. I like high contrast so I often do this.
      (7) Raise Clarity if required. I used to raise this quite high but it gives an artificial look so I tend to hold back these days.
      (8) Dodge and burn selected parts of the image if required, using the adjustment brush.
      (9) Add a slight split-tone. I like the Selenium look and most of my images have this to some degree.

      I often do all the above manually but I also recommend the X-Equals bundle very highly. It’s full of tools and film emulations that you can mix and match and it’s also very reasonably priced:

      II have used Silver Efex and DxO FilmPack but for various reasons I no longer do so. I can do everything I need from within Lightroom.

      It may seem obvious but shot selection is an important part of the process. None of the above is going to make a dull image interesting, or create an effective high-contrast image from a no-contrast one… believe me I have tried!

      Some people don’t enjoy post-processing but I do and I consider it an integral part of image making. It’s not new either, old film images were often heavily manipulated in the darkroom.
      I try not to get to bogged down in it however and probably spend no more than half an hour on an image, though if I was preparing for print I might spend considerably longer.

      Thanks for you kind comments I really appreciate them. All the best.

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