Recap of Derrick Story Webinar

Black & White image of Las Vegas from Derrick Story webinar. © Derrick StoryThanks to Derrick Story, our Lowepro photo evangelist who wears many hats as a pro photographer, writer and teacher of all things digital. We’d also like to thank our co-sponsor, Nik® Software for making this event possible. We’ll give you a little recap of the webinar: A Fresh Look at Familiar Subjects in Black and White Using Silver Efex Pro 2.

Please check back in a few days to watch Derrick’s webinar in its entirety at your convenience. You can go to our Ask the Pro page for postings of past webinars and sign-ups for upcoming events.

In today’s session, Derrick talked about learning to see subjects differently–in color versus black and white. Derrick explained how Silver Efex Pro 2 aids in overall image management workflow and when working on fun, personal projects. His personal project to share? Black and White Las Vegas. He shared great examples of how black and white can “open up” an image and change the point of view–even give us more information about the shot.

Derrick particularly enjoys street shooting with CSCs like the Olympus PEN models. He’ll use a smaller camera on a JOBY GorillaPod tripod to make it easy to capture images in a more fluid and discreet way. He packs this light kit in a DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW (it fits his camera gear, MacBook Air and a few personal items). A very low-profile approach!

DSLR Video Fastpack 150 from LoweprWorking in Aperture (you also can use Lightroom), Derrick demonstrated how to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to view various presets of a shot, apply different tones and add different borders. He shared a ton of tips–so you’ll want to tune into the full webinar to experience this hands-on instruction for achieving the looks you want in black and white.


Derrick is a senior contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he’s a regular presenter on the popular training site, He is the author of many books, including The Digital Photography Companion (O’Reilly Media, publisher). Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story that’s open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos.

Katrina Neill

About Katrina Neill

Katrina was the Senior Editor & Communications Manager for Lowepro.

One Comment

  • Rick says:

    I found this webinar to be very informative and helpful. Great job by Derrick.

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