A revisit of a classic edit and some tips I’ve learned along the way. When I did the original (Crispy Black and White) blog post over 2 years ago, it was the most popular blog post I’ve ever written. Since then the apps have changed and I’ve learn what works with this type of editing style.
What works are architecture, clouds and some landscapes. Portraits don’t work at all but if you have them in your architectures and landscape that’s ok. When you have people in the photos walking by or dong everyday things it adds something to the photo.
It’s also important to take well composed and properly exposed photos. So make sure you take your photos a few times to get the exposure right and different angles to find the composition you like to edit later. I will take a photo 2 or 3 times do each angle so I can get the perfect shot I’m looking for. All of the photo I’ve shot with was ProCamera and now ProCamera 7.
Here’s the demo photo I shot with ProCamera 7.
I always start off with Dynamic Light when I do my black and white conversion. I have DynaLight HD on my iPad but the app is really unstable and takes forever to save. I’ll push the process at 100, because I want black, blacks and white, whites and as little grey as possible. I was that Yin and Yang of contrasty black and whites.
I will always use Infrared. If the photo doesn’t look right with Infrared, then I love onto the next photo. The point of why I move on is the other black and whites don’t work the same. I want the photos to have that crispy effect. What else is nice about this edit, that it preserves most of the photo for the photo purists out there.
Then I save my photo…
This is my saved black and white with Dynamic Light.
Next is loading my photo to Photoshop Express or PS Express. This was one of the main reason why I wanted to do a revisit with the blog post. Since iOS 7 a lot of apps went through dramatic changes with their user interface and design layouts. PS Express was one of those apps. I don’t know if they have the in-app purchases anymore or what’s included anymore. I know I had to pay a hefty price to get the noise reduction from this app. What else I didn’t like is you lost some of the effects I used to use for editing that I paid for.
So after you load up the photo you have to tap on the settings button that is highlighted blue…
Then you school and tap on Noise Reduction. When you tap on it the photo will zoom in on your photo, so you see the actual results of the noise reduction. It’s really helpful. I always do the reduction to 100.
After I’m done with the noise, I will check and play with the contrast. Sometimes I’ll use the contrast and sometime I don’t. It depends on photo and my mood.
Here is my final edit of Crispy Black and White. It came out really nice and still one of the most simple edits I’ve done. This is the only black and white editing I want as smooth as possible with very little grain or noise shown.
Here is one I did yesterday, it’s really nice when you have clouds in the sky. It makes your photo more dramatic and have a 3D look to it. I’ve done over 250 Crispy Black and White edits around San Diego downtown. I’m hoping someday I can travel to other cities. I love taking photos of architectures and urban life. You can do this edit on your iPhone or iPad.
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