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Joel Tjintjelaar
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International Award winning B&W fine art photographer
International Award winning B&W fine art photographer

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Tutorial on creating subtle dark images

For anyone interested to know how to create subtle dark images and what role correct interpretation and use of tonal zones and luminance values play in this. Furthermore, the B&W Artisan LITE panel (free) is now live. See my previous post on what it is and how to get a free copy or go to https://www.bwvision.com/products/#panel

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B&W Artisan Lite panel - free download this week available - and B&W Artisan PRO v1.2 update news

Next week around June 20, 2018 I’m going to release the updated v1.2 of B&W Artisan Pro with some innovating features I’ve described in my previous post, but this Friday I’m already going to release the stripped-down version of my B&W Artisan Pro panel, called B&W Artisan LITE. And it is a free panel. More info on how to get it from my website, see https://www.bwvision.com/products/#panel But if you subscribe to my newsletter on https://www.bwvision.com you will be the first to know and you will receive other discount codes and free downloads exclusively via the newsletter. More info on Artisan Pro v1.2 updates and Artisan LITE on my website: https://www.bwvision.com/products/#panel

B&W Artisan LITE may be a stripped-down version of Artisan LITE, but still has the main features to convert an image to B&W and subsequently process it further using the global adjustment features and some of the advanced local adjustments features - yes, similar to Silver Efex Pro’s U-point but with the difference that with the Artisan panel you can indicate areas completely free-form and accurately. Furthermore it also has some of the advanced split tones presets that work differently from any other split tone you’ve seen.
Of course the panel also comes with the presets for automatically generating 19 luminosity masks and 11 zone masks.

In other words, what I’m giving for free is still the result of many years of accumulating knowledge on B&W photography processing techniques, and then making it accessible for beginners and advanced users alike in a user friendly way in the panel. To get an idea: some of the presets for B&W conversion that are in the panel consist of a few hundred different steps. The same for some of the split tones and the advanced adjustments. They’re far from being shortcuts to existing PS features.
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Various interesting B&W Artisan Pro updates coming up
Do you also struggle with halos and fringes around edges when masking objects - buildings specifically - even when you thought you just created the perfect mask? And especially when pushing the contrast more than normal? Yes I did too.
But this month I’m releasing v1.2 update of B&W Artisan Pro (free update for existing owners of this panel) with a new feature that will eliminate those annoying fringes/halos substantially, or, depending on the quality of your mask, completely. This takes place by applying an optimisation automatically when loading a mask via the ‘load and optimise mask’ preset in the panel. And no pixels on the edges will be deleted, blurred, cloned, smudged or manipulated otherwise. My philosophy is that any adjustment with this panel (and in my post-processing in general) needs to be non-destructive.
Have a look at the 2 comparisons. Getting rid of halos around the edges of a building with the push of a button is actually easy, but the panel can do the same with the fringing on the intricate and very small cables on a panorama shot of the Brooklyn Bridge (see photo) and just as easy with leaves and branches of trees. But that’s just a small part of the new features I’m introducing.
More updates:
- Advanced linear masking will now also come with 8 new ‘strict’ adjustments for detailed and precise, yet fast, and fluent local adjustments where more precision is needed, such as in architecture or portraits.
- Smart linear adjustments with pre-created masks have the new ‘mask optimisation feature’ built in.
- Micro zone adjustments also have 6 new ‘strict adjustment’ presets, for a precision that can only be beaten if you follow my manual and more cumbersome iSGM workflow:)
So, 17 new presets and 8 other updated presets, representing 25 major updates. As you can see, I’m not just dumping products and then run off: no I take care of it and keep innovating and improving.
More info on the current version of the B&W Artisan Pro panel can be found here https://www.bwvision.com/products/#panel
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Large Format Photography in the Digital Age

I will start a new series on Large Format photography in the digital age on my website in the weeks, months and years to come. More on this on my website: http://www.bwvision.com/large-format-photography-in-the-digital-age/
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