Saturday, January 9, 2010

Black, white and everything in between

I've had some people ask about my post processing with b&w conversions of digital images. I was planning on putting something together, but a friend recently sent me a photo saying they wanted to see what my conversion would look like, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to walk through my processing.

Here's the original image, and my resulting black and white conversion is the image above (All photos in this post copyright Tristan Afre):

This is an extremely low tech walk-through of how the photo was converted. It's about 15 minutes long, and is me editing the photo and explaining what I'm doing. I apologize for for a lot of filler to get to the good content, with a monotone voice mixed in. I didn't plan this or do more than one take, so I've mispoke slightly a few times and left out some points(i.e. the use the of the blacks slider in Lightroom). Questions are welcomed, and if you sit through this I applaud your uncanny attention span.

Every black and white conversion is different, so there's no settings that apply to every image. But the important thing with this look is that you want dark shadows and bright highlights that don't clip, and an even range of tones in between.