Custom Black & White Edits

In my last post I wrote about custom black and white edits. I wanted to quickly show that there is a bit more to it then just clicking on the grayscale button.

I’m not going to go into heavy detail, but, usually I work in Lightroom, so I adjust the color photo first, I work with the exposure, recovery, fill light, saturation, curves, shadows, blacks, lights, highlight sliders and all the color sliders to get the photo where I want it to be. I often use the brushes to go in and lighten or darken a specific part of a photo. These are things that Snapfish, Shutterfly or Walgreens, etc. wont do. So, that’s why you want your photog to do custom black and white edits.

Here’s what a photo would look like if I sent it to a consumer lab and they converted it to black and white:

Notice all the gray? It’s very muddy.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

Here’s a simple modified version of that. See the subtle difference?
Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

And a bit more modified. I like this one the best.
Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

And a brownish split-toned version of the pic.
Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

And last but not least, here’s a rosy black and white. You can use layers to make an image warm/cool/rosy/green, etc.
Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

With that said, the first step is picking a photo that is a good candidate for a black/white conversion. I look for lots of contrast in a photo (Addie wearing pink and sitting in the grass won’t work well, because there would be too many midtones). I also like when the background contrasts with the subject. In the photo above, there is a black background to contrast her light face.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. MrsXoxo1598 says:

    Beautiful care!! Do you covert to b&w in LR? I usually do my conversions in pse8 but it takes a lot of time to do them individually, I’m sure you’re aware! I’d love to learn a quicker way.

  2. Isela says:

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT INFORMATION.. I AM A BEGINNER WITH LOTS TO LEARN AND EAGER TO LEARNING IT ALL THERE IS TO GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY… THANK YOU AGAIN! DO YOU HAVE ONLINE COURSE?

  3. Faren says:

    Love the picture of Addie! So adorable!

  4. Hi I am Nicole from ColiesKitchen.com I wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

  5. Mrs.F says:

    Cute little lion ears!

    I can totally tell a huge difference. I usually just click the “B&W” button & play around with the contrast, shadows & exposure a bit… I had no idea it took that much work so I will have to play around with some of my photos now!

  6. Lori says:

    I don’t understand anything about photoography, even after taking 3 years of it in high school. 😛

    Anyway, Addie is looking adorable as usual!

Connect With Us

© Carolyn Kipper 2021 // Site Credit // Get In Touch // Terms & Conditions