Try clas­sic black and white

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If you find that your im­ages are look­ing noisy or the colours are off, then why not go for a clas­sic black-and-white treat­ment? Strip­ping out the colour gives the im­age a time­less qual­ity, and draws at­ten­tion to the light­ing and shapes that make up the com­po­si­tion. It’s a par­tic­u­larly use­ful trick for pho­tograph­ing per­form­ers, as they’re of­ten il­lu­mi­nated by dif­fer­ent-coloured lights that can leave the skin look­ing un­nat­u­ral in a still im­age. There’s a rea­son why many of the most iconic band photos are in black and white, and it’s not just be­cause it looks classy.

There are lots of meth­ods for ap­ply­ing an ef­fec­tive black-and-white con­ver­sion, such as a Black & White ad­just­ment layer in Pho­to­shop CS/CC or the colour/mono slid­ers in Adobe Cam­era Raw and Light­room. Which­ever method you choose, be sure to boost the con­trast as well, so that the tones look bright and punchy.

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