I've been playing with black and white conversions for a while, paying attention to what people are posting here and on other forums. Like everything else in photography, it seems like there are a million and one ways to go about converting to b&w! I've seen some truly amazing shots and I always struggle to replicate the process, so I'm starting this thread so we can share our b&w conversions and hopefully learn a couple of tips and tricks in the process. Here's my latest attempt, done with the trial version of Silver Efex Pro 2. I really love how much better/easier it is than the original version! I feel like it gives the photo a much more pronounced edge to it, feels much more 3D. At the very least, my lovely muse likes the way it turned out, so it can't be too bad! DSC_3808 by sebascrub, on Flickr I started with one of the Modern presets, the first one, if I remember correctly. From there, I mostly tweaked the Dynamic Brightness slider and the Soft Contrast slider. I also bumped up the Structure a bit to bring out her freckles. Comments? Questions? Concerns? Deep dark secrets? I know the composition is a bit weird: for some reason, I always have my subjects looking out of the frame, rather than into empty space. I can't tell if I like breaking that "rule" or not, but it seems to happen naturally.