PAINTING FOR THE BEST BLACK & WHITE IMAGERY
Triston says it was an overcast day when he went to photograph this pond next to the Punakha Dzong in Bhutan, and the colors were muted all around. However, he noticed there were several layers of details in the scene that would make for a perfect black and white artistic shot.
Thus, he converted the image to a Black and White one in Lightroom and adjusted the different color channels to bring out the best details in each of the zones. Next, he applied the Radial Filter to various parts of the image to bring out the shadow details in each of the areas, using the brush erase tool to fine tune his changes by erasing some of the Radial Filter out.
After that, Triston brought the edited image into Photoshop and applied the Content Aware Fill to remove the people on the right hand side of the photo, keeping the viewers’ attention on the subjects in the middle of the photo.
Triston’s final step is what traditional Black and White photographers used to do in the darkroom – he manually dodges and burns various portions of the image to enhance the highlights or darken shadowed areas selectively.
So there you have it, five hacks for different types of lighting scenarios that you may encounter.