Enhancing a Black-and-White Wedding Photo with Lightroom

Comparing versions of the photo


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Video: Comparing versions of the photo

I'm pretty much done with the adjustments that I wanted to make to the black and white version of this photo. Before we move on, lets take a moment to compare this corrected black and white version of the photo to the original color photo and to the initial uncorrected black and white conversion. By going back to the library module, I'll press G on my keyboard to do that. I'll make sure that both of these photos are selected holding the Shift key to select the other one too. And then I'm going to go down to the Toolbar in the library module and click the survey view or press N on my keyboard.
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Learn how to convert a color wedding photo into a black-and-white image worthy of framing, in this short start-to-finish project. Jan Kabili shows you how to convert from color to black and white, bring out details, soften skin tone, and add a vignette. Plus, learn how to create a tinted version, and output high-resolution versions of both your files.

Topics include:
  • Converting to black and white
  • Fine-tuning with a tone curve
  • Controlling how colors convert
  • Painting with light
  • Bringing out detail in the dress and veil
  • Removing hotspots
  • Adding a vignette
  • Sharpening, resizing, and exporting the file
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Comparing versions of the photo

I'm pretty much done with the adjustments that I wanted to make to the black and white version of this photo. Before we move on, lets take a moment to compare this corrected black and white version of the photo to the original color photo and to the initial uncorrected black and white conversion. By going back to the library module, I'll press G on my keyboard to do that. I'll make sure that both of these photos are selected holding the Shift key to select the other one too. And then I'm going to go down to the Toolbar in the library module and click the survey view or press N on my keyboard.

Then I'll press Shift plus the Tab key to dismiss the various columns in the interface. And if I want to compare these photos against a bold black background, I'll press L on my keyboard twice, and that takes me to Lights Out view. So you can see the cropped and adjusted black and white version on the right and the color version on the left. Because I made a virtual copy of the color version rather than making my black and white conversion right on top of the color photo, I have both of the photos to offer to the bride. I actually think the black and white is more compelling in this case.

Now I'll exit this lights-out view by pressing L on my keyboard and I'll bring back the interface by holding the Shift key and pressing the Tab key. I'm going to close the film strip, and make sure that I have the black and white version selected. And I'm going to go back to the develop module by pressing D on my keyboard. Here in the develop module, I can make one more comparison. I can take a look at the photo as it is now, which you see here on the screen, and compare it to the initial black and white conversion. The one that Lightroom did automatically for me, back at the beginning of this course.

I can do that, because if you remember earlier in the course, I saved a snapshot of that black and white conversion, before I made all the changes in the Basic panel and the Tone Curve panel. Before I added Adjustment Brushes, Spot Removal Brushes and HSL corrections. So, if I click the arrow to the left of snapshots. There, you can see that snapshot that I took earlier in the course. Now, compare the image as it is now with the way it looked then, when I click the initial black and white snapshot. You can see that, initially, there was much less detail in the dress.

The backdrop looked quite different, as did the bride's skin and facial details. Now if I want to go back to the image as it looks now, I could either go to the history panel and find the correct state, or I could just press Command>Z, that's Control>Z on the PC, which is undo. And that undoes the step of switching to this snapshot. And takes me back where I was after all my corrections. Which is there.

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