About Digital Black And White

My passion lies in capturing images in shades of grey, primarily due to my red/green color blindness, which poses significant challenges, particularly when dealing with digital color exposures.

For over two decades, I've immersed myself in Adobe Photoshop, mastering the intricacies of digitally printing black and white photographs on various inkjet printers. Over the past decade, with the advent of online learning, I've had the privilege of assisting numerous photographers in gaining confidence in their black-and-white editing and printing skills.

Why The DBW Website

Throughout my experience, I've come to understand that crafting Black and White photographs is more challenging than commonly perceived. Achieving the desired shades of grey, whether on screen or in the final print, demands a combination of vision, creativity, processing, and printing expertise.

For as long as I can recall, I've been deeply involved in software development, honing my skills over the years. Leveraging this expertise, I develop small plugins for Photoshop, offering them to those seeking enhancements in their editing and printing processes.

Post Processing

While I maintain a modest traditional darkroom setup, the bulk of my final prints undergo processing in a hybrid workflow. This involves Adobe Photoshop as the primary editing software, Adobe Lightroom for cataloguing, and an Epson R3880 large format printer.

During the editing process in Adobe Photoshop, I rely on a range of custom plugins that I've developed over time.

Film and Black and White Scanning

I prefer to take control of my black-and-white film development so I develop all my black-and-white negatives using a variety of developers including, PyroCat HD, Diafine, Kodak HC110, and homemade Kodak D23

For the analogue film exposures, depending on the format, I scan the negatives using my Epson V800 or Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro film scanner. The scanning software I use is either SilverFast or VueScan

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