Storm Coming in HDR B&W
May weather in the Arizona high country, Yavapai County, Jerome Az. A storm is brewing and begins it’s trek across the Verde Valley. I setup the camera in some windy conditions and began making a series of exposures, from under to over exposed, so that I may merge them together in an HDR or High Dynamic Range composite photograph. I then took that photograph and did a black and white conversion. I always shoot in camera RAW for these type of subjects then will select the range of exposures that I believe will be the best for the HDR software. I use HDR Efex Pro to handle the HDR conversion. It integrates nicely and works right from within the Adobe Bridge. After selecting the range of images that I wish to process, I simply right click then select open in HDR Efex Pro. I select the images in the list that I wish to process then I always select “Ghost Reduction Method”. The last thing I want is an obvious ghosting between shadows and highlights and tend to scream bad hdr processing to me! To do the B&W Conversion, I typically will rely on the onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8. I can make quick and easy preset adjustments or take the conversion in any direction I wish. There are B&W filters in the effects section as well as the B&W section.