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There is something incredibly engaging and compelling about black and white photography, and we can use Adobe Camera Raw in order to create some black and white conversions that we really couldn't create any other way. And so, what I want to do is take a look at some of our black and white conversion options here inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Now, for starters, we know that we can simply desaturate a photograph. When we desaturate a photograph by removing saturation, we are building a black and white conversion or grayscale conversion based on the temperature, and the temperature is set right here.
So this Color Temperature, as you can see, as I modify this, is changing the Brightness values of these different areas. Now, because of that, it's typically not a very good way to convert to black and white. So I will double-click this control to bring it back to 0. A better technique is to navigate to the HSL or Grayscale panel. We can do so by clicking on this icon here or by pressing Command+Option+4 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+4 on Windows. Next, we are going to click on this option to Convert to Grayscale.
Now, when we do that, Adobe Camera Raw creates this auto conversion which dials in different amounts regards to the Luminance value of the different colors in the image. Well, what we can do is completely change that. For example, let's say that we have a sky in the image which is Aqua and Blue. Well, if we want to darken that sky, we can simply click and drag these values down so that we will have a much more dramatic-looking sky. And for that matter, we can target all of these different areas one at a time in order to make changes across the image.
Now, sometimes, the opposite is interesting. Let's say we have a sky which is blue. We could then brighten that sky while everything else will be completely dark. So again, with these controls, as you can see, you can come up with some really fascinating options. We are going to go ahead and click Default to take these back to 0. And the other thing that I want to point out here is that occasionally what you will do is say build up some contrast or build up a really interesting effect here. You will dial in all of your controls, and you will say, you know what, I am done.
I like the way my contrast and black and white conversion works. Well, we don't ever necessarily want to just finish here. Sometimes we can, but other times, what we want to do is go back to our Basic panel or go back to our Tone Curve panel, and then here what we can do is we can boost this ever further say adding more Contrast or changing the Brightness values, as you can see I am doing here, or change the Fill Light or the overall Exposure. And what we can do is by combining this HSL panel with some of our other controls, this can then help us lead to creating some really interesting and really engaging black and white photographs.
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