Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Why black and white?, part of Lightroom and Photoshop: Black and White (2013).
The role of software in photography is really to help convey an emotion or an aesthetic to your images, to make certain that what you shot or what you share looks the way you want it to, and one of the best ways to do that is to convert an image to black and white. It's a subtractive process that removes distractions, and really helps you focus on the content of the image, but it's also very strong aesthetic. It can be a very soft ethereal look, or it can be a harsh, gritty look that brings a lot of attitude.
You can change an image quite a bit by converting it to black and white, so we'll talk about all sorts of ways to bring your feelings into your photos in black and white conversion.
- Why black and white?
- Shooting with black and white in mind
- Setting up Lightroom and creating image versions
- Utilizing presets effectively
- Creating black-and-white HDR images with Lightroom and Photoshop
- Taking advantage of black-and-white adjustment layers
- Adjusting the toning of images
- Working with the Silver Efex plugin