Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

The one type of photography that I have always loved is black & white photography. As a photographer, I learned some of the basics of photography using black & white film. During that time, I wasn’t a big fan.

As I learned more about Black & White and the different types of art you can create with black & white photography I spent more time with it. But for me, it was hard getting the right look. Then when digital cameras came out, I could shoot in color and convert to black & white and I could take as many images I needed to get the look I wanted.

But I still wasn’t happy with the results using a digital camera and Photoshop. Then I started using Lightroom 3 and  their black & white preset to achieve different looks. As with most presets, they are perfect, so I then adjusted the settings as needed. I found Lightroom to be a pretty good starting point for black & white conversion and adding the batch feature, I could batch a handful images at once. Then go back and make final changes to the images or remove them from the batch if they didn’t good in black & white.

I also found there were a lot of great images that would look even better as black & white but the conversion just didn’t work as it should. So those great images were finalized as color or treated to a lomo look.

Topaz Labs Black & White

Then in early January I got my hands on a trial version of Topaz Labs Black & White which is part the large plugin bundle for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. The Plugin Bundle has every Photoshop/Lightroom Plugin created by Topaz Labs and by far is the best deal if you plan on purchasing more than one plugin.

For me, I will end up purchasing the bundle, but I really only need two or three of the plugins and mostly will use their Black & White plugin.

Topaz Labs Black states that “Topaz B&W Effects takes you beyond traditional black and white conversion methods by integrating unique features like a 5-in-1 selective adjustment brush, adaptive exposure, quad toning, historical processing collections, creative effects and more – giving you remarkable creativity and flexibility never seen before within a black and white program.

B&W Effects is your all-in-one solution for professional-quality black and white photos. With this powerful and easy-to-use plug-in, you can quickly create rich, dynamic black and whites with compelling tone and detail. B&W Effects will transform the way your process your images and help you master the art of digital black and white photography.”

Color Images Converted to Black & White

Below are a few examples of some images I took when I visited the abandoned The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells and few Images from several different cars shows in the past few years.

All images were images that I had wanted to convert to black & white and I had no luck converting them myself or using any other tools. All of these images are just examples and I will revisit them again the future.

I started with a color image and converted to black & white and made adjustments to look and sometimes adding a vignetting if needed. Using only Adobe Lightroom 3 and Topaz Labs Black & White Effects.

The Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

Examples of Images Created with Topaz Labs Black & White

About James

James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his personal website, Evolutionary Designs Blog, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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  1. Wonderful post, James.
    I’m a huge fan of Topaz, as you know, and love the way this series of shots came out. Really nice work, man. Topaz Labs has really great tools.
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