Photographer Chris Clor takes you behind the scenes in his digital darkroom as he transforms an image from humdrum color to stunning black-and-white.
Step 6: Lose the Noise
When his image is nearly final, Clor creates a composite layer of his adjustments, then opens the file in Topaz’s DeNoise 5 plug-in. He likes it because of the filter’s debanding component, which assures smooth transitions between tones. Whether the image is ultimately heading for print or not, he prints a proof and, based on it, makes a few final tweaks to his composite layer. Even without the plug-in, Clor’s process hints at how simple making a great b&w can be.