I wanted to write a tutorial on how I post-process images and show you this method to turn them into black and white. This is just one of many methods. The software I use is Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. As you can see, the original image is rather boring and flat, with a grey sky and not a lot of contrast.
When I take photos with my DSLR I always shoot RAW files. That way you can bring out a lot of details from the file during the post-processing. First I opened the photo in Adobe LIghtroom and here’s a gallery that shows the setting I used on this particular photo:
After this I export the photo, either as a .jpeg file (if you’re satisfied with the result) or a .tiff file (this is the best option if you want to continue to work on the file in Photoshop, but a jpeg is often good enough – especially if you’re not planning to print the final result). You can see the result below.
As you can see, this is (at least in my opinion) much more interesting than the original image, but I think that it still lacks a bit of contrast. I could have added this as a brush in Lightroom, but I prefer doing my final touches like resizing, adding watermarks and such thing in Photoshop anyway, so for this tutorial I opened the image in Photoshop and added a brightness/contrast layer in order to make the icy pond stand out a bit more. I then used a black brush on the brightness/contrast layer to mask out the piece of the photo that I wanted to keep without adding any contrast.
That’s it. That was my work-flow on this photo. In the end I flattened the image, added the watermark and saved it as a .jpeg.
Here’s the final result:
Leanne Cole has a black and white challenge going on called The Monochrome Madness Challenge. I recommend that you check it out.