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Black and White, Now?

Black & White photography is in a Renaissance; from weddings to portraiture, Black & White is selling big time.  Now with SilverOxide.com filters you can make your best work in both Color and Black & White. I've gotten e-mails from professional studios who say that now they are proud to offer their clients Black and White alternatives, because the images LOOK the way they should, the way they would if shot on Black and White Film. 

You and Black and White.

You started with Black and White, because it was cheap and because it let you put your hands on the process.  Along the way you discovered the power of the media . When you shoot in color, you photograph their clothes, but when you shoot in Black and White, you reveal their soul.

That was film, this is digital.

All the experience you've acquired can still be used.  The digitally equivalent films that you know and love can be in your digital toolbox. 

What Does Color Have to do with Black and White?

Each B&W film responds to color in slightly different ways, so that each color translates to different tonalities between films.  That is why the tonality of B&W images is slightly different from film type to film type.  We have captured these responses to allow you to use all the effort and expertise that you've developed over the years. 

Whether  the image is a digital photograph or a scanned color image, you can make better Black & White photographs from your digital ones.

The Filter

We build our filters to be easy to use. Two controls and four buttons.

We believe that you should be able to do what you want, quickly and without fuss. It allows you to use your time creatively.

Install the filter, bring up an RGB image and see immediately what things will look like in glorious black and white.

 

Film Types Available:

Black and White Filters available for the following emulsions:

Agfa: APX 25, 100

Kodak: Tri-X, TMAX, TMY, Ortho, PlusX, PanX, Portra 400, T400CN, Verichome, Tech Pan, TMZ

Ilford: HP5, FP4, PanF, Delta 100, Delta 400, XP2.

Each emultion comes in 16 bit + Histogram Smart Filter, 16 bit + Histogram, and some in 8 Bit Enhanced, and 8 bit original. All the 16 bit and 8 bit Enhanced contain three color filter switches to allow you to add filteration to your image.

 

Compatibility:

Filter Programs Operating Systems
Smart Filter 16 Bit B&W With Histogram

CS3 (Windows only)

Mac 7, CS, CS2, CS3(Intel)

Elements 1, 2*, 3, 4

PSP 7, 8 * Corel Photo Paint 8,9,10

Windows Vista,XP,2000

MAC OSX

16 Bit B&W With Hitogram

Photoshop 5, 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3 (Windows)

Mac 7, CS, CS2, CS3(Intel)

Elements 1, 2*, 3, 4

PSP 7, 8 * Corel Photo Paint 8,9,10

Windows Vista,XP,2000

MAC OSX

8 Bit Original B&W

8Bit Enhanced B&W

Photoshop 4, 5, 6 ,7, CS, CS2, CS3

Mac 7, CS, CS2, CS3(Intel)

Elements 1, 2, 3, 4

PSP 7, 8 Corel Photo Paint 8,9,10

Windows Vista, XP,2000

MAC OSX

Landscape BW and Color 16bit+ Histogram

Photoshop 5, 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3 (Windows )

Mac 7, CS, CS2, CS3(Intel)

Elements 1, 2*, 3, 4

PSP 7, 8 * Corel Photo Paint 8,9,10

Windows Vista,XP,2000

MAC OSX

SilverIR

Photoshop 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3 (Windows)

Mac 7, CS, CS2, CS3(Intel)

Elements 1, 2, 3, 4

PSP 8

Windows Vista,XP,2000

OSX

  * These programs only support 8 bit, but use floating point for smoother histograms, and a larger preview window Photoshop 7 runs Native OSX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do the Controls do?

We have two controls. 

The gamma control allows you to enhance the shadow detail.  It's like changing the development time for your negatives.

Brightness is like print time. Use it to make the highlights white.

How easy is it to use?

Our filters are easy to install and easy to use.  SilverOxide® filters render colors as Black & White film would.  Differentiating red, green and blue leads to predictable gray tones that are based on REAL WORLD experience.  

How close to film?

Below are  examples of Adobe Photoshop® Grayscale Conversion and SilverOxide's Tri-X of a color image.  Photoshop® converts the individual colors without any relation to the way B&W film would actually register those colors as gray tones.   SilverOxide's Kodak® and Ilford® and Agfa®  film filter modeling is based on actual film tests. 

The gray tones that result from complex colors can be significantly different from Photoshop's Grayscale convert.

 

GretagMacbeth® ColorChecker Chart, density corrected so that black is 0 and white is 255 Photoshop Grayscale conversion
Photoshop Grayscale conversion Actual Tri-X image of Color Chart
SilverOxide Tri-X Filter more closely models Tri-X than Photoshop's Grayscale Convert. Compare SilverOxide Tri-X to the actual Tri-X image. We have a correlation confidence factor of 86%
More Pictures  Click to see more examples of our filters in action.
Why is that like that?

  In the beginning, when film was first devised,  it had a problem.  It reacted mostly to blue light; red and green hardly registered on the image.  Manufacturers added elements to the emulsion to make it Panchromatic, reactive equally to the three primary colors.   With each emulsion the mix of these agents differs slightly.  The result is that T-MAX has a different color palette, if you will, than Tri-X or Agfapan APX 100.  And that's a good thing.  If your model is wearing a red, green and blue jacket, you would want some separation of tones to show that it was different colors.  

Photoshop and Black and White

Black and White Grayscale convert seems to have been created for newspaper print ranging. But certainly not based on film responses.

In digital imaging the way color is rendered will make a big difference on the way the final  Black &White image will appear.  Flesh tones are extraordinarily complex colors.  When the photographer shoots a portrait using a favored film, he or she knows from EXPERIENCE the way flesh tones, colors and nuances of shading are going to be rendered.  The final vision is in mind before the shutter is tripped. 

Now with the SilverOxide filters, the photographer can see in color and Black &White with the confidence that each will be a see-able product.

 

 

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Trademark Information

* Kodak, Adobe, Ilford and Agfa have not contributed to the development of these filters and in no way endorse these products.

SilverOxide.com and SilverOxide are registered trademarks of SilverOxide.com,Inc.  

Black & White Modeling Filters are ©2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 by WGDusterwald, all rights reserved. 

Adobe Photoshop is a registered trademark of Adobe, Inc.  

Delta 100, Delta 400, HP5, FP4, PanF, and XP2 are registered trademarks of Ilford Imaging.

Plus-X, Tri-X, TMAX, TMY, TMZ, T400CN, VP, TP and Portra 400 are registered trademarks of  the Eastman Kodak Company. 

Agfapan is a registered trademark of Agfa-Gevaert.  

GretagMacbeth is registered trademark of GretagMacbeth.