Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Monochrome Detail

There is a lot of chatter about how the Leica Monochrome files come out of the camera 'Flat'.  I would tend to agree that the DNG default curve applied to these files is definitely of a linear nature.  However, I have found two things while working with these files for the past month.  First, they are very, very workable, either in LR alone or a combination of LR and Silver Effex Pro.  Second, the amount of detail in these files, especially in the shadow areas is nothing short of amazing.

Here is a before and after image with the before file representing my standard MM Lightroom Import settings.  A small amount of contrast, a slight curve, clarity and sharpening are all applied on import.  From there I do my basic adjustments in the LR development module and then import the files into SEP where I have tremendous control over the entire B&W file.

File as imported into Lightroom w/base adjustments applied


Processed in Lightroom and Silver Effex Pro