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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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To give you a few more ideas on black and white images, I just want to show you how several techniques can be combined to get interesting results. In this first image, I'm going to go ahead and really crank up the Levels, getting some dark areas, and blowing up the brights. Now, I'll switch over, and apply the Black and White effect. Notice that tweaking the Levels really makes the image more interesting, and I'm pushing some of the less important areas down, and then finding the balance there with the midtone Slider.
I'll crank the Contrast up, and lift the Shadows a bit, or lower them. And notice how I can use that as a localized adjustment to refine. That's looking a lot better. I love the definition, and I'm going to Sharpen the heck out of that. And that's a very dramatic black and white photo. Let's go to our next image here. Okay, let's tweak this one a bit. I'm going to toss on the Black and White effect to start, with a little bit of fading. That looks interesting.
Then we'll refine that with some Contrast. Now, in this case, the color can be controlled by using Warmer, or Cooler. I'll come on over to the Adjust tab, and tweak the Temperature slider here, and notice how that's really bringing out some of those areas. I can't emphasize enough the use of Definition. Look at how that texture in the wall just pops, and high contrast here. I'll then turn the Shadows, and Highlights to control the areas, and in this case, I'm going to go for a very sharp image. Where it started, where I took it, and a lot of those areas are just interesting.
Now, I've got one more photo, and this is one that I really want to push far. It's an abstract; a grate on a window. Let's get a really high contrast photo to start. There we go. Open up the Exposure a bit, and recover the Highlights. All right. High definition there. Let's zoom in at 200% for a second, and I want you to notice what that Definition slider is doing. It's bringing out a lot of the noise.
I'll bring it back to 100, and we'll go to an area that's in focus. As we drag Definition over, look at how it just selectively brings out the contrast. I'm going to Sharpen that a bit, and put some noise in, so I'll pull that back down, and that looks good there. The combination of Sharpness and Noise are actually fighting each other, but I like how it's making a very gritty, brittle image. Okay, we'll pull that out there, toss on the Black and White effect, and blur my edges a bit. Now notice, boosting a black and white image.
Now, that gave it a nice gritty tone. I like that. It's a little bit of a duotone effect, in fact, and if I look at the original, to the after, that's a much more interesting image.
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