Written by guest photographer: Ron Martinsen
Bored with Color Images?
Spice them up with B&W Effects
While in this article, I’ll use the Antiqued Sepia II preset, it’s very important to remember that you can use ANY BW effect that gives you a look that you like and then do what I show you here to make your color image have more dimension and depth. Here’s what my original image looks like, followed by what it looks like with the Antiqued Sepia II preset from BW Effects:
Lately I’ve become a big fan of using Topaz Adjust’s Spicify preset on my images using the same technique, so here’s what my original image looks like with Spicify on a layer with Soft Light Blend Mode and 50% Opacity:
Now that I’ve showed you my spicify trick, if you go back to the top of this article you’ll see my final image where I actually did the spicify layer first, then I did the BW effects layer (but this time with 20% opacity) to create the final image.
About the Image
This image was lit with an Elinchrom Quadra Ringflash to create the unique lighting and intentional body shadow. I used my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens set to f/9 and 47mm for 1/60 sec at ISO 100.
About the Author
Ron Martinsen is a well-known international photography and photo editing blogger at http://ronmartblog.com. While his images are featured in magazines and trade shows around the world, his real passion is photography and photo editing education. His blog has enjoyed over 1,200,000 visitors with topics ranging from gear, plug-ins, and book reviews. His special discounts on the hottest products in the industry have saved his readers well over $1,000,000 USD!
Ron is the author of Printing 101 Notebook: An Introduction to Fine Art Photography Printing, as well as two other best-selling books. He has been awarded multiple patents and has several patents pending. Ron has worked alongside Bryan Peterson at his Seattle Workshops, he has been featured on numerous blogs from industry leaders like Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Trey Ratcliff, John Paul Caponigro and more.
You can see more of Ron’s work on his portfolio site at http://ronmartinsen.com