Silver Halide (Prints) Using Analog Efex Pro, Part 1
Black and White photography is very successful in the industry, but it is much more complex than you imagine. In this article, we’ll learn how to create the perfect silver halide print that you’d proud to hang on your wall. As the go-to pluging for making black and white images Silver Efex Pro isn’t the only option. Indeed, we’ll explore Analog Efex Pro and highlight some of its unique features.
This topic was also covered in a recent webinar, which has been embedded here.
Understanding Silver Halide
The use of silver in making photos and prints is as old as photography itself. At a very basic level, both the photographic negative and the print are made through a photochemical process involving the conversion of chemicals to silver. As photography evolved, the use of silver in prints became less necessary. But even to this day, you can have a photo print made using the silver halide process. Unlike a modern inkjet or laser printer, a silver halide print still involves the darkroom and chemicals — even if you’re printing from a digital photo!
When making black and white images for print, especially for silver halide prints, it’s important to understand where your silver will show up the most. Essentially it shows up in the grey tones; white is simply white, and black will be extremely rich and deep. Technically the darker the tones, the more silver there is. But there arrives a point where too much silver becomes less silver-looking, if that makes sense. (post continued on DxO's Blog; link below…)