Convert images to mono
Follow these simple steps for creating stunning black and white images in Adobe Lightroom
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.