It's often underestimated how much the underlying raw processing algorithms and settings matter in black and white conversions.
- Removing chromatic aberration and purple fringing will prevent unattractive halos around high contrast subject matter (especially when using the B+W sliders at extreme settings where a particular color like purple is being pushed or pulled)
- tonal smoothness is even more important (IMO) in B+W images than in color and in the digital age tonal smoothness depends on both camera and converter
- quality (as well as availability) of highlight/shadow recovery and local adjustment push/pulls. Just because every program has them doesn't mean they all do an equal job on recovering smooth, natural, detailed information
- color noise reduction especially in shadows; for as long as I've used LR I've found it leaves low frequency color noise (blobs of color rather than speckles) in shadow areas. When translated to black and white (especially when pushing/pulling particular colors in the B+W conversion) this leaves areas of "bubbling" in areas that should be a smooth black. The color noise reduction algorithms in C1 are (IMO and experience) best in class and greatly help.
From these points of view I've always preferred Capture One for B+W work. Previously you had to be an expert at the Color Editor to do advanced black and white conversions. Now that they built in easy to use B+W color sliders and split-toning it's available to everyone.
Doug Peterson (e-mail Me)
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