Black and White

I went out one afternoon to the Financial District and decided that I will only shoot in Black and White. So I changed the camera presets and started shooting and shooting just thinking about shapes and shadows, no color.

When I got back the images in Raw where in color, of course, but I turned all of them in bw. I choose the ones I was gonna edit and put the Raw setting at zero back.

Then I edit all of them in black and white. This result, hope you enjoy it!

33 st

Different styles, time and architecture



World Trade Center

Last stop:Starbucks

I took more pictures but I didn’t have time to edit all of them, hope you enjoy it!

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Photoshop Pulgins

Looking around the web I found a company named Alien Skin Software. They have different plugins for Photoshop and Lihgtroom. I download the trial of most of them and tried today.

The first one, and one of the most useful, is called Bokeh 2. Bokeh 2 is a plugin that allows you to blur you images as you want to.

Not only can you choose which part of the image you want to blur but you can also change the form of the blur, radius and how it will affect your image.

ScreenShot of Bokeh 2

(Remember to click on the images for a full size view)

Picture with the bokeh 2 effect of spin 25%

In each of the plugins I’ve tried form Alien Skin the panel with the options is really large, so I won’t show all the options in pictures just the ones I used at the moment.

The rest of the plugins are more funny than really useful, at least for me, they are really good but I don’t normally apply textures to the typography and stuff and that’s what EYE Candy 6 does.

The plugin has a huge variety of textures, and I  looked at mostly of them and they seem pretty real,  but you have to know what you want because not only there’s a huge library of textures but also, once you have choose one, they have controls to change the form, the colors, the light, etc Is really fun and useful when you need textures but you have to know what you want or you will lose a lot of time trying to find something.

Library of textures

Settings of each texture

I used the texture with text

It happen the same with Exposure 3. This plugin allows you to choose like which old film you want your image look like. And again there are a lot of films, in color and in black and white, there’re also the films with grain and without and the ones with scratches and dusk.

You can choose from a huge library of old films and finished. In my case I choose a Konica film because I like the bright green it has. (If you click on the image and looked it larger you will see that it also has the texture of a film not just the colors.)

There are more types of film than the showed, and these ones are just the color ones.

Image with the Konica film effect

And the last one I tried is the Snap Art 2. This plugin converts images into drawings but its three times more accurate than the gallery filters from Photoshop and it has a really beautiful finished and setting that allow you to control all the process.

There's a huge selection about the type of drawing you want

Comic effect

It’s a bit complicated to explain all the plugins, so I recommend downloading them and trying. Some of the results may surprise you.

Any doubts or comments are always welcome!