BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO EDITING IN ADOBE LIGHTROOM
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.
- 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...
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!
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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.