Regular readers might have noticed that I like a bit of black and white photography, and might even recall me mentioning tools like Silver Efex Pro (part of the Google-owned Nik Collection) or Perfect B&W (part of the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite), quite apart from using the standard functions of Lightroom.
Well, there’s now another contender – Tonality Pro from Machphun software. It works as a standalone app for OS X or as a plugin to Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop Elements. Current price is
£41.99 £53.08, and a free 15-day trial is available. There’s also a more basic version available from the App Store for just £17.99 – that lacks a few features, and doesn’t do the plugin bit.
I’ve installed the trial, and started to play with a few of the numerous presets. Usefully, the interface lets you see exactly which parameters the preset is working on, making it easier to adjust it and create your own settings. Here’s a basic conversion of one of my iPhone photos of the Temple Church in Bristol:
Shutter speed: 1/120s
Focal length: 4.12mm
Location: 51° 27.118′ 0″ N 2° 35.21′ 0″ W
Taken: 30 July, 2014
Presets range from subtle to extreme, including some quite grungy HDR-style ones, which I can see having some use. This is a view of Cardiff Castle given some suitable treatment:
Shutter speed: 1/600s
Focal length: 24mm
Location: 51° 28.86′ 0″ N 3° 10.9942′ 0″ W
Taken: 24 June, 2014
More playing will follow – given the low price, I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying this one…
 Displayed price on the site is ex-VAT, mutter