Con­vert images to mono

Fol­low these sim­ple steps for creat­ing stun­ning black and white images in Adobe Light­room

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

an­a­lyse the raw file

This is the orig­i­nal RAW file as it ap­pears when first im­ported into Light­room. The strong shapes, con­trast­ing tex­tures and good tonal range sug­gest that it will work well in mono, as an­tic­i­pated when the shot was taken.

global ad­just­ments

Make global ad­just­ments to en­hance the con­trast and tex­ture of the im­age. These can in­clude a boost to Clar­ity, adding an ’S’ curve to the tone curve or push­ing the Con­trast slider to the right to in­crease global con­trast.

pre­pare the colour im­age

Set a neu­tral white bal­ance by click­ing the eye­drop­per tool on a mid-toned rock in the fore­ground. Stretch the tones across the full width of the his­togram us­ing the Blacks and Whites, High­lights and Shad­ows slid­ers.

lo­cal ad­just­ments

Use the grad­u­ated fil­ter tool to boost con­trast in the clouds and darken the sky for added drama. Use the ad­just­ment brush to se­lect the waves in the fore­ground; boost­ing clar­ity and con­trast will en­hance their tex­ture.

ini­tial Con­ver­sion

In the Hue, Sat­u­ra­tion and Lu­mi­nance panel se­lect B & W. The im­age is con­verted to mono and Light­room au­to­mat­i­cally makes ad­just­ments to the colours in the Black and White mix, to ad­just the tonal bal­ance.

fi­nal im­age

The fin­ished im­age shows how a mono­chrome con­ver­sion can en­hance the nat­u­ral drama of a scene; the con­trast­ing tones and tex­ture of the sea and rocks are more ob­vi­ous and re­ally draw the eye into the frame.

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