Black and white wildlife photos can have a really strong effect, this is a really simple tutorial that will make your wildlife photos really stand out.
The image doesn’t have to be a perfect close up shot of an animal, as it can be cropped.
The first thing to do is load your image into Smart Photo Editor.
Once the image is up, click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side.
To narrow down the effects go to Color->Black and White
The Effect I picked is called ‘detail black and white’.
The next step is to blur the background, to do this first click Select Area button to the right (it’s the second one from the top).
Click Background then OK on the pop up.
Then go around your animal, an easy way to fill the whole background is to do a full circle around the image, and a bucket icon appears, click on it for it to fill in that area.
For the more detailed area, around the Rhino, you zoom in on your image, at the top there is a Pan/Zoom button.
If you accidentally go over the animal, simply click Erase from Selection button and go over the area you didn’t want covered.
Once you have completely gone round your animal, you can fill in the rest like before by clicking the bucket icon.
Click Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.
To narrow down your choices for blurry effect go to Detail->Soften.
I chose the effect ‘blur’, it looks far too blurry but on the right there is a master fade slider, that you slide down until you get the desired effect. I slide it nearly all the way down as I don’t want it too blurry, just enough so that it isn’t as sharp as the rhino.
The last step is to crop the image down, the button in on the right hand side, simply click on it and a box around your image appears, just resize and move the box to cover your chosen selection and click the Apply button on the left.
All that is now left to do is save your image, under the File tab, you can also save your session in case you want to come back later and make some changes by choosing Save as Session button.
This is my end image, to try this out for yourself click here to download a free trail of Smart Photo Editor.