Part 1 of this discussion was all about color, you can get caught up to speed here.
I used to use the iPhoto editing tools on my Mac for editing my photos. It worked just fine for simple edits, but I began to notice all my black and white photos were looking more gray. I couldn't figure out how to get the deeper black and white highlights I was seeing in my favorite photos online. It wasn't until playing around with my Photoshop actions that I was finally able to get the look I was going for.
So here is today's rundown on some of my favorite b&w action sets.
Once again, my SOOC example:
Example #1: Totally Rad Actions
This is perhaps my favorite black and white action. It makes almost any photo look awesome.
Example #2: MCP Actions
MCP Actions' "Take Action on Cancer" has the incredibly awesome ability to put a subtle color overlay on your black and white photo. Just the b&w itself usually gives my photos a gorgeous creamy soft quality and is especially nice on faces but I love playing around with the overlays. I've noticed using the Peach one gives the photo just that little bit of warmth–like a super mild version of sepia tone.
Example #3: On the Spot Studio
I'm still learning how to use and tweak the OTSS actions but I love the "artsy" look they tend to give my b&w photos. Everything appears more glowy and creamy with this action but I'm struggling with it washing things out too much. (User error for sure, I'm still learning!)
Example #4: Pioneer Woman
PW offers 2 different b&w actions that I love. For the sake of example, I edited this photo using "PW's B&W" which also gives the burnt edge look to your photo. This action tends to be grittier and brings out lots of texture–which can be good or bad depending on the application.
Isn't it amazing how even just in black and white there can be so much variance for a photo?