Turn a Dull Day into a Dramatic Black & White Landscape

We’ve all shot those dull, grey boring scenes when the weather conditions just weren’t right. But what if you could turn them into a dramatic black and white landscape with a little post processing? Learn how with this video tutorial.

A few days back, I ventured out into The Peak District National Park. The location was Stanage Edge. If you want to know more about the edge or understand what the landscape looks like, there is a good entry on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanage_Edge).

This location is rocky, exposed and can be beautiful in the right conditions. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the way in this area, the weather is dull, hazy and misty on this occasion. The sky is flat grey and lacks any cloud definition. But look more closely and there are some rays of light coming through the clouds. It’s just the haze that’s preventing you from seeing them.

In this video I wanted to demonstrate how to go about processing an image shot in conditions like these. I want to show how you can turn a flat, dull scene into a dramatic black and white landscape using Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro. Well, to tell the truth I used Lightroom, then Nik Solver Efex Pro followed by some dodging and burning in Photoshop.

The video is a little longer than usual at around 30 minutes but that’s because I’m sharing everything. This is my complete workflow from start to finish.

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