I’ve developed a keen interest in black and white photography over the years, but up till recently I tended to edit original images taking into consideration tonal range, color balance and saturation before converting the images to black and white, then fiddling with the channel mixer and/or applying an unsharpen mask.  Naively, I assumed that the editing work would contribute to the final result, even though the conversion to black and white would mean the loss of all color information – hence, counterproductive. 

Then, I read about a different approach, and I’ve been working on the original images in grayscale, making the necessary changes for light and contrast.  For whatever reason, I’ve found the photo editing software GIMP more effective than Photoshop when using this method.

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