I have not been doing much monochrome recently, it always seems to go in phases, but today I started processing a few and that led to me spotting some older ones that had not made it onto my websites for some reason.
The methods of processing vary, some have been done entirely in Adobe Lightroom, and some in Photoshop whilst others were done as Multi-Raw’s, Gorman-Holbert conversions or using Nik Silver Efex and my version of the Katrin Eismann process. (There are more details on these methods on my blog if you search for Digital Monochrome). I have tried many, many methods and some work better on one image than another but the more I use Lightroom the more I find I can do super monochrome conversions using that alone, plus perhaps a bit of selective final sharpening in Photoshop.
All photographs should have the basics of good composition, good light and correct exposure but sometimes slight failings will be overlooked in a colour image if the colours are especially good. We talk about being colour blind but often when viewing photographs we can become colour blinded. With a monochrome photograph there is nowhere to hide. Without the basics and a good tonal range throughout the image it’s weaknesses will be spotted.
Please have a look on my websites to see more of my work in both colour and mono.