Just the Black & White Basics

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Similar to what we did in this post, let’s have a quick look how the B&W panel in Lightroom can take a normal RAW file and turn it into a striking black and white image.

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The short version is that once you click on B&W, you can control each colour channel on it’s own.

What that means is that when looking at the black and white image you can adjust certain areas of the image, that relates to a specific colour.

For example, in this image the green channel will affect the intensity of the green background while you are working on your black and white image.

Let’s have closer look.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife & Nature Photography

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife & Nature Photography

 

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife & Nature Photography

 

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And that’s simply by adjusting the B&W panel.

From here you can then jump back to your Basic panel and adjust the contrast, exposure and other sliders to get the most out of your image.

Post processing and conversion to black and white only has to be as difficult as you make it.

My suggestion?  Keep it simple?

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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