First step to a good black & white photo is good colour, every colour corresponds to a shade of grey, if the colours are funny…well the black & white tones will be odd, often muddy looking. I start with a good exposure, colour corrected too. I like high contrast in black and whites so often one of my first steps is to protect the highlights with a quick mask or some burning in. I use Silver Efex Pro for some of my conversion but I love the skin tones I'm achieving with actions I got from Jeff Ascough. I like a little texture in my photos too…so I add what most people take out…noise! Film grain effect adds a nice tooth/texture to an image and can help bring the tonal range together. Shots below are from the end of March, the bride is a good friend and was absolutely glowing on the day.