HOW TO EDIT FOR MONO
TRANSFORMING COLOUR IMAGES INTO BLACK & WHITE IS MORE THAN SIMPLY REMOVING THE COLOUR
IN COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY, we always strive to capture as close to the final results in- camera as possible, however when it comes to digital black & white photography, the images almost always benefit from editing. Because black & white photography is already one step removed from reality in its lack of colour, it’s a medium that often suits more extreme editing than you might usually carry out. For example, increase contrast too much on a colour image and you’ll find the colours can become oversaturated, however in monochrome you can tweak and play with tones to a greater extent for wonderfully rich black & whites. We’re essentially dealing with shades of grey, and without editing some black & white images can look flat and muddy. It’s important that you make the most of the contrast and tones in your images to really make them ' pop'.
No matter what editing software you use, the tools available to you are very similar, and you can get much the same results. In the example below we’ve used Adobe Lightroom, however if you fancy a less involved process, then try out some of the dedicated black & white software we've recommended on the page opposite.
CONVERT TO B& W