Above are a few shots from a commercial photography shoot for Wilson Security as part of their servicing of the Fremantle Port Authority. It was a great opportunity to get an inside look at the areas of Fremantle Harbour that i'd never been to before including some behind the scenes baggage and personnel screening processes.
These shots were taken on the 5D MK II and processed with Adobe Photoshop. I've been using Googles Nik Color Efex Pro software / Tonal Contrast filter to help process the final shots. I've found using this filter is a great way to enhance the tonal range and sharpness of shadow detail to really get images that provide exceptional level of detail. My preference is to keep the highlight and midtone contrast quite low and pump up the shadow contrast to a around 35 - 40. This creates images that are still realistic but contain a broad dynamic range with great colour saturation and are sharpened effectively.
_As i continue my love affair with Nik Software and its range of post production filters and photoshop plugins continues i thought i'd share 3 quick photos that i ran through Silver Efex Pro.
Silver Efex Pro offers an excellent way of processing images into black and white. There is a large selection of presets available varying in contrast, tone, key, and traditional film effects. And as with all Nik Software plugins you can also maintain precise control with micro adjustments to brightness, contrast, structure as well as the ability to control specific sections of an image with control points.
For those who grew up shooting film (or those stubborn enough to hang onto the benefits of still shooting film) you will be pleased to be able to apply your knowledge of coloured filters and replicating film type with specific grain and contrast capabilities of your favourite films including Kodak, Fuji, Agfa and Ilford.
For the shots above i've chosen a "Film Noir" preset then custom adjusted get the gritty contrast and reduced tonal range with the degraded / bleeding edge that used to add that fine art touch.
Again these three shots were taken during my recent trip through Rajasthan India, with the two portraits taken in Ranthambore and Ranakpur and the landscape taken in Jaipur.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.