Black and White Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO EDITING IN ADOBE LIGHTROOM

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In this tutorial, learn how to turn raw color photos into delicious monochromatic tonal contrast as we explore black and white techniques using 6 raw images in Lightroom.

Black and white. Done right.

Editing black and white photos in Lightroom may seem like a simple task, but once you dig into the Lightroom controls you will quickly realize getting a great result has everything to do with the details.  This tutorial will explore those monochromatic editing options via 6 photos, with an emphasis on utilizing the black and white mix to transform color data into tonal contrast.  

At the end of the tutorial I quickly demo a black and white stock from my preset pack (Celluloid: Pro Looks) which is available under a pay what you want pricing model.  You can download the presets here.

A classic film inspired transformation, or a "hyper-real" painterly effect? Download the Raw photos below to try for yourself.

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Key Topics

  • Black and white mix proves the advantage of color raw images.
  • Using the spot removal tool to add a spot where we need it!
  • Tone curve controls.
  • Clarity and radial filters, a match made in heaven.
  • And more...

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You may download the raw file(s) below to practice and follow along, or try and entirely original approach. It can be used according to a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons License. Feel free to share your results in the comments!

Get the preset pack today!

Over the years of editing in Lightroom I created my own preset library that I now use for just about everything I edit.  Since I am an event photographer it was specifically designed to give you great results with a single click.  Celluloid: Pro Looks is being released under a pay what you want model, and I am confident you will find value in the library during your Lightroom Sessions.

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