Favorites: The Best Black & White Photography Conversion Software

In Black and White Photography, Software on May 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

NIK Software NIK-5200A Silver Efex Pro 2 Mac/Windows Academic

After years of trying different software packages and conversion methodologies using Photoshop  and Lightroom, we can finally recommend an all around favorite … Silver Efex Pro 2 by Nik. For global and local edits as well as presets that will speed up your start time and accelerate your creativity, there is no better software on the market for B&W conversions … Ansel would love it!

Silver Efex Pro 2 introduces new features that offer even more control over image detail, contrast, and tonality, making it easier to go beyond the limits of the traditional darkroom. The software’s new features include the History Browser for endless experimentation, revolutionary algorithms such as Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks and Whites, Soft Contrast, and Fine Structure, plus finishing touches like Image Borders and selective colorization.

Nik Software’s proprietary U Point technology provides revolutionary selective editing by enabling photographers to make the precise detail, contrast, and tonality enhancements necessary for amazing black-and-white images, without the need for complicated selections or layer masks. The selective enhancements applied through U Point technology are automatically blended throughout an image for natural results.

Key Features

  • New History Browser facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different looks
  • New Dynamic Brightness enables adaptive brightening adjustments for different areas in the image
  • New Amplify Blacks and Amplify Whites increases the presence of highlights and shadows adaptively throughout the image, creating a unique contrast effect
  • New Visual Presets categorized by photographic style provide great, single-click starting points, which can be edited and shared with others
  • New Soft Contrast applies contrast intelligently, based on image details, creating a less harsh contrast and a stylized mood
  • New Fine Structure brings out even the smallest details and textures resulting in more visible image detail without creating an over-sharpened look
  • New Image Borders use organic image elements to create unique and completely random borders, giving classic darkroom-style edges a modern look with infinite possibilities
  • New Selective colorization easily adds color elements back into images utilizing
    U Point technology to precisely select objects

For more information: Nik Software

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