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Feb 04, 2018 23:52 |  #1

I always struggle to edit White and black picture in Lightroom. If anyone could help me with that, I would be thankful.

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Feb 05, 2018 09:52 |  #2

Without knowing what your struggles are specifically, I can say that generally I push contrast and shadows and whites and clarity far more when processing black and whites than I do with color. Looks fake in color, but more dramatic in b&w. I also use Silver Efex sometimes, gives you lots of presets so you can see different options in your processing.


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I agree about what you had said. I added more contrast, shadows and whites to the picture and it looks better.
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Feb 07, 2018 02:35 |  #4

Black and white manipulation in Lightroom is supper easy once you understand the basic fundamentals. There are so many tools to work with that it can't really be justly explained in a forum post. However, I will tell you this. It's all about the color. Sounds weird considering you are working towards a black and white image.

Here are some tips to consider and I suggest playing with the sliders individually to see how they affect an image;

Do not use the Black & White tab in the Basics panel. Instead go down to the HSL/Color/B&W panel and use the b&w sliders to adjust the luminosity of the various color channels. You have eight channels to play with and this will give you a lot of options to create dramatic black and white images. Each of these sliders affect specific color groups and you adjust how bright or how dark each of those groups are represented. Not liking how some of these groups look? Try tip number two...
• Use the Temp and Tint sliders in the Basics panel to modify (or shift) the colors for more drama. This can be tricky but with experimentation and a few trips back and forth with the B&W tab and you can get a lot of drama you wouldn't have thought. Still need more?
• The Tone Curve can be used in two different ways, Channel adjustments and Region adjustments. Click on the tone curve icon (little square box with diagonal line in the lower right) to toggle between the two. They both work independently of each other for real power. In the Channels adjustment you have access to RGB/CMY color adjustments to further emphasize certain areas of your image. What, you want more?
• The Dehaze tool is often overlooked as it doesn't tend to be associated with b&w conversion. Think of it as a fine tune exposure and contrast slider combined. A little nudge is all you need.
• ...and along that line, don't forget Clarity. It can give an already dramatic b&w that extra punch.

Hope these tips help.


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