POLL: how do you do b/w conversions.

So I love black & white photography.  Back in the old days, I don’t think I ever even shot a roll of color film (maybe a few slides here and there, but whatever…) 

Now while I’m one of those crazy folk who would love a dedicated black and white sensor in a dSLR, (resolution, no bayer filter etc…)  I’m realistic enough to realize it’s probably never going to happen, and really I’m ok with doing b/w conversions.  It has the added bonus of being more flexible than a straight up b/w image with regards to what you can get as the final output. 

The thing is, there are just *so many* ways to do it…lightroom, desaturation, color mixer, LAB color etc… I still haven’t decided on a favorite.   Usually I just convert in lightroom, use the channel mixer and then adjust contrast to taste.   But I’m always open to new techniques!  So I’m opening it up to y’all:

What’s your favorite method of b/w conversions in digital?  Post it here and I’ll give it a whirl! 

4 thoughts on “POLL: how do you do b/w conversions.”

  1. Because I like things to work well and easily, I can’t hesitate to recommend Exposure2 by Alien Skin. If you have photoshop, it is an absolutely phenomenal tool, and really honestly reproduces the gorgeous film looks I fell in love. Their Neopan and TMax are particularly nice conversions.

    IT also allows you to customize and preset to your hearts content.

  2. I used to apply a Channel Mixer adjustment layer to get my B/W images and add a Curves layer for contrast.

    Now I use CS3’s B/W tool along with Curves. It gives me the same amount of control, and has a few defaults in case I’m lazy.

    If I’m really lazy, I use one of LR’s presets.

  3. I’ve been a fan of the Black & White adjustment layer since CS3 came out, but I’m starting to do more of my conversions right in ACR. I’ve made a couple of ACR presets and snagged a few from around the web — those usually help get me started in the right direction.

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