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Black and white photography is a classic look that many people enjoy, but black and white is not just the absence of color. Let's take a look at some practical techniques for converting color photos into black and white images. Okay. At the simplest level, you can get a black and white image by just clicking the Black and White button. And while that is a one click effect, you might decide that you want to get there by using Saturation instead. Notice that you can pull those down, and then refine a bit with some Definition, and some Contrast.
Taking the time to do the conversion goes a long way of giving you a better black and white. Let's take a look at two more examples. I'll always start with the Black and White effect. In this case, we have some shadowy areas that are a bit hard to see. So I'll go over to Adjust, and I will lift the shadowy region. That's really bringing things out. And notice that sometimes, when you do a black and white conversion, you'll still need to separately control the areas, like the Highlights and Shadows.
Rounding out with some Definition, and a little bit of Contrast really brings that image back to life. I like this image much better as a black and white photo than as a color image. It tells a story, I love the diagonal lines, but I'm not distracted by all of the colors. This is an image that's very artistic, with extremely shallow depth of field. Turning on the Black and White effect is okay, but I'm going to round that out instead with a little bit of the Antique effect, which tends to brighten the image.
Once I've done that, and applied a bit of a blurred edge, I'll then go in and pull down the Saturation. Now, we still have the Antique image tinting that, so if you decide you don't want that, you might have to turn it off, or turn it down. I sometimes find that using Antique with Fade is a great way to create a black and white that isn't a pure black and white. That's looking much better to me. These are being used in combination, and I think that's a cool image.
A little bit more contrast, and we've got some drama there. So remember, while you could just click the Black and White button, sometimes a combination of effects goes a lot further.
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