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Presets in Action: Enhancing the mood, Creating Filmic Black & White with T-Pan for Lightroom

Howth in Black and White with T-Pan for Lightroom

A little while ago I got up early in the morning and headed to a little fishing town just north of Dublin to get some morning shots of the sleepy port coming to life. I had originally hoped that it would be a nice bright morning, and that I would capture the early rays of the sun over the sea and the harbour, but instead a thick cloud was down, and it was beginning to rain.

I wasn’t disappointed though, I was actually happy, because the result was a really moody light. I got a great sequence of shots of the port waking up, and fishermen leaving to go about their day’s work.

When I got back to the studio and started processing the photos, I actually tried a couple of themes. With the moody light, and rich blue of the morning, I started by using some looks from my QickLux2 set. I created a whole sequence using these looks, but while experimenting, I also wanted to try some black and whites. When I started going through my presets, I realised that I was getting a really filmic look with T-Pan, and so I ended up creating a set with that too.

I originally created T-Pan to be as close to film as possible, but sometimes it works better than others. It depends a lot on the source material, and in this case I think it works out really well. For some of the shots, it actually makes them look almost like they were taken years ago.

Tip: One of the tricks to make something look more film-like when using film presets in Lightroom is to turn the sharpening off. Some presets have this baked in, but I kept the sharpening untouched with T-Pan. So, if you want to add a little of the film like softness, turn your sharpening off. The grain will add a sense of sharpness anyway.

Below is the sequence I created, as well as a couple of before and after shots:

T-Pan is available now from here on the store, both stand alone and as part of my black and white presets bundle.

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Capture One Styles in Action: SilverLux for Street Photography

Street Photo - Black and White With Capture One and SilverLUX

I was recently shooting some Street Photography with my Fuji X-Pro 2 and I was processing the images with Capture One. I was trying various different looks, but in the end I wanted to go with a black and white theme. As I already had a whole set of looks already created, with SilverLUX, I used this as the basis for the overall style of the images.

While there is a whole range of different effects available with Silver Lux, I ended up using a few of the styles the most often. These allowed me to create a consistent theme for the collection. In addition, I also used some of the grain presets that come with the pack in order to add a little stronger grain to the images. Below is a look at the final result, as well as a few before and after examples.

 

Silver LUX for Capture One is available now from right here on the store.

SilverLUX for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that are designed to give your RAW images a black and white effect. There are 25 Styles in total included with SilverLUX. The set also comes with a collection of 20 grain presets that makes use of Capture One’s excellent grain function to give you a range of grain options.

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Introducing T-Pan for Lightroom

T-Pan for Lightroom example

I’m delighted to announce that my first set of new Lightroom Presets for 2017 is now available. It’s called T-Pan and it’s a new set of Black and White Presets. I came up with the style when working on trying to copy the look of some film that a friend had asked me to scan, and I’m pretty happy with the results. T-PAN is an attempt to create a realistic set of monochrome film presets, and it is aiming to re-create the experience of shooting with a professional grade black and white film.

Within the pack there are 10 versions of T-Pan. Each version is it’s now “Film” as such. Unlike some of my previous presets, T-PAN does not require a separate setup preset. The look that has been created uses a camera’s Portrait profile as its starting point, and this has been baked into the presets. There is also a special version of the presets for Fuji X-Trans shooters. This is called T-PAN F. These have the required colour profile already baked into the presets.

Each of the 10 “Film” stocks, in other words each version of the presets, comes with three variations:

T-PAN (Normal) This is the normal Version of the film

T-PAN+ This version s a little brighter, with some shadow recovery, and slightly less grain

T-PAN 400 This is a version of the film styled after ISO400 speed black and white films. It has more contrast and definition than the regular version, but with increased grain.

T-PAN also comes with a set of tools, which consists of a number of faux colour filters for different effects (these don’t colour the image, they’re the equivalent of putting a filter on your lens if shooting with actual film) and a set of additional grain presets, for easy application of different types of grain.

Just a side point of interest. For the Fuji versions, the presets are based on the “Astia” profile. You’re probably wondering why I decided on using Astia rather than one of Fuji’s black and white colour profiles or even Acros? It’s because doing so would not allow the use of faux colour filters which is based on adjusting the black and white mix.

The presets are available now on my Digital Download store. They will normally sell for €8 (price may vary depending on local Taxes) but they’ll be on sale for the launch at just €5

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Monolith for Lightroom Now Available

After some very long hours in front of the computer, I’m happy to announce that Monolith for Lightroom is now available. Monolith is the latest of my Preset Packs to be ported from its previous Aperture incarnation over to Lightroom. As the name might imply, Monolith is a set of presets for creating black and white images in Lightroom. Monolith includes 14 Main looks, each with 4 variations, along with 3 Special effect presets and 22 Tool Presets which work as modifiers to the main presets. The Black and White looks vary from High Contrast looks to faded black and white looks to very low contrast faded looks. Some of the presets include gradients as part of the presets to darken skies, and are designed with Landscapes in mind. Monolith 12 is designed to emphasise flesh tones by making them whiter and to stand out against other colours which will be darker. I’m actually really proud of how it came out. There’s also 3 special effect presets for that “leave colour” effect, so for example, to make everything monochrome but the reds.

Despite what some bloggers out there would have you believe, creating presets for sale is not as straightforward as just changing a few sliders. You have to make sure that they’ll work with a wide variety of images and that each one doesn’t contain any un-necessary adjustments. I’ve put hours of testing and tweaking into Monolith for Lightroom and writing the documentation and getting before and after demos and videos alone took nearly 24 hours of work. The result though was worth it. If nothing else I have a great set of Black and White presets for myself! Anyway, rather than waffle on, here’s a selection of images processed with Monolith. It’s available now on the Store. The normal price will be €15 but as it’s a bank holiday weekend here in Ireland there’ll be a special launch price of €10 until Mat 12th.

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A Cycle tour stops to examine the docklands

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New York City Junction from Above at night

I’ve also created a demo video to show before and after examples:

Monolith is available now from the Store!