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Thank you for sharing your workflow- I've long admired your work. I've not found digital b&w giving me anything close to film, so this will be helpful.

Trust you saw article on The Online Photographer :)

Rick,
as a matter of fact I did. This is the second time my work is acknowledged by Mike Johnston. I'm so proud.
Thank you again for your appreciation. I'd like to see your next b&w photographs.

Great help

Thank you! I would love to get a good black and white photograph, but I can`t - your detailed information will be precious! Beautiful shots - amazing light.

Thank you Hussain.

And Rita, you are welcome, my friend.
Your appreciation always flatters me.
You didn't link your name under your comment. Let me do it for you:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritavitafinzi/

A little late on this one but I'm very far behind on my reading. Thank you so much for this. I hope you will do more posts that share your knowledge.

I do have two questions: You say "push the luminosity/midtones slider to the left" These term aren't in the USA version. I assume your terms are the same as the midtones slider under the Brightness tab in the USA version. Am I correct?

Second, when you say: "recover highlights by alternatively pushing the dynamic-brightness or the white-enhancer cursor to the right", in the USA version I think this is the Amplify Whites and Soft Contrast controls under the Contrast tab. Can you confirm I am translating correctly?

These seem to work but going left with dynamic contrast also seems to help in some images. I'd like to be sure I'm not missing something.

Regards/Jim

Jim,
thank you for your insightful reading of my post.
Being an Italian user, most of the time I end up with installing applications and plug-ins in their Italian version (even when I don't want to). Therefore I have to apologize for the incorrectness of my English translation of the software functions I'm speaking about in this blog.
Anyway:
first, you are correct when you refer to the Midtones slider under the Brightness tab;
second, I should have written "recover highlights by alternatively pushing the Dynamic Brightness slider under the Brightness tab or the Amplify Whites tab under the Contrast tab."
By talking about "dynamic contrast" at the end of your comment, I think you mean the same Dynamic Brightness slider I refer to in the above paragraph, right?

Hello from Dean Forbes in Seattle. A friend of mine sent me your B&W workflow blog post and it has changed the way I use SEP completely. I tried your techniques and I like them a lot!

I'm curious how you discovered the step of moving the midtone brightness slider to the left and recovering overall brightness using the dynamic brightness slider? It's genius!

I used to automatically add contrast and structure to all of my B&W conversions in SEP. No longer. How do you assess whether to add contrast and structure?

Thanks!

Thank you for that clarification!

I actually was misinterpreting your explanation. When you referred to the dynamic brightness slider, I mistakenly thought you meant the soft contrast slider.

Now everything is clear. I truly appreciate your time helping me and everyone who reads your blog. And you never need to apologize for your English, it's far better than many native speakers.

Thank you Dean.
I'm so happy your friend helped in sharing my b&w experience.
Generally speaking, I only add (or subtract, sometimes) contrast and structure manually and locally, according to the image's key points to be emphasized (or irrelevant areas to be subdued).
How did I discover those steps? I experiment as often as I can. Furthermore, my film-era darkroom experience taught me a lot about monochrome photography.

Jim,
thank you for your rewarding words of appreciation.

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