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"Going from Lightroom or Aperture to Capture One" - Photo Podcast 518

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B&W Conversion in Photos for OS X is Beautiful

This is from a guy who previously would only use Silver Efex Pro for his black and white work, but I've come to appreciate the B&W Adjustment in Photos for OS X, and the optional plugin, Tonality by Macphun.


Here's a shot that I'm using for my upcoming book on Photos for OS X. I made some exposure tweaks with the Light Adjustments, then finished it off with the B&W converter. If you're not familiar with what the four sliders do in B&W, this will help you:


  • Intensity - If you think about how saturation works for color, that's what the intensity slider does for B&W. As you move the marker to the right, Photos intensifies the tones in the image. If one cube of sugar makes your coffee sweet, two cubes makes it even sweeter. That's what intensity does.
  • Neutrals - This slider affects the gray areas of the image by lightening or darkening them. For this image, I thought that darkening the gray areas helped create a nice separation from the white markings of the cat, including her whiskers.
  • Tone - This adjustment could really be called contrast, because that's what it does. Moving the marker to the right increases contrast, and to the left flattens it.
  • Grain - To complete the film-like B&W effect, we can also add grain. Not only does this provide an analog feel to the image, it can make it appear a bit more crunchy.

Tip: Even though we're applying monochrome effects to our picture, it's still color inside. For example, you can still tweak the tones in your B&W by using the temperature and tint sliders in the White Balance panel. Try it. Photos provides an amazing amount of control for your B&W pictures.

For hands-on tutorials, be sure to take a look at Photos for OS X Essential Training on I cover everything you need to know to get the most from this surprisingly powerful image management application.

More Help and Insights on Photos for OS X

Don't forget about the Photos for OS X Special Feature Section on The Digital Story. It's a roundup of tutorials, videos, and articles focused on helping you master Apple's latest photo management software. You can also find it under Photography in the top nav bar.

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Over the last year we've been talking about photo management software and how to cope with change. One question that comes up is "can I move my existing work to a new application?" It's a good question, and I have some helpful information for Lightroom and Aperture users contemplating a transition to Capture One Pro. And that will be the top story on today's show.

How to Move to Capture One

If you decide to try a different photo management app, or are forced to, how much of your previous library do you have to leave behind? To some degree, that depends on the amount of work that you want to invest in the project.


To help you make that decision, I'm going to outline the steps in today's podcast. At this point, you can just listen and think about what I'm saying. Because if you decide to make the move, I have a free eBook for you, titled: Moving to Capture One Pro. It has dedicated sections for both Lightroom and Aperture users, and it delves into the details of this type of transition.

So, for now, just sit back and listen. Then decide what's the best path for you to follow.

In the News

Instagram Finally Lets You Log Into Multiple Accounts - covered by PetaPixel.

If you have two or more Instagram accounts -- perhaps one for personal and one for business - Instagram has some great news for you this week: the company is finally rolling out multi-account support, which lets you log into multiple accounts in one app and quickly switch between them. This official announcement comes just weeks after some Android and iOS users began seeing the feature in their apps.

There are step-by-step instructions over on the Instagram Help page. And the Petapixel page features a short video that shows how easy it is to switch between accounts.

Oh Those Embarrassing Moments

I'm guessing that you may know that I have a journal on So I thought I'd read you an entry today to give you a feel for what goes on over there. Today's story is an awkward incident from my trip to Austin, Texas.

Member Quotes of the Week

Intelligent comments culled from The Digital Story Facebook page.

In regard to last week's Facebook Post: "What is the Fascination with Retro>" we had some terrific comments, and I want to share one with you now.

Andrew wrote: "My recent interest in film cameras probably started more from a collector stand point. I started rebutting some of my camera history mostly for nostalgic reasons. Once you get these cameras back in your hands, they feel so good you just want to use them. I don' t think I would go back though - I like what digital photography gives me. It's just like I wouldn't relinquish word-processing for a typewriter - my brain is now rewired for digital. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy the occasional analogue "holiday". In fact, I am planning to make one day a month in 2016 as an analogue only day.

I don't think an interest in film is predicated on nostalgia. My son is of the "digital native" generation and he asked for a film camera for his birthday. He had been enjoying using OM lenses on his A7s and wanted the full OM experience.

Post your thoughts on our Facebook page. Believe me, I read them.

Updates and Such

The Digital Story Podcast is Coming to Google Play Music - Google has just published the last 15 TDS shows on its new Google Play Music Podcast service for Android devices. If you're a new listener turning in... welcome! More info at

Out of Chicago Update - The debut of The Nimble Photographer Workshop sold out on Friday, June 24. Because there is a wait list, we've added a second workshop on Thursday June 23. I hope you can join me in Chicago this coming June.

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See you next week!

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