Friday Tip – Black and White Tip

When I convert my photos to black and white, I usually nail the exposure and white balance before the conversion. That means setting the White Balance, Exposure, and Blacks settings. However, when you make the black and white conversion it’s always good to revisit those settings. Depending on which conversion method you use (one of the presets in Develop or by clicking Grayscale) Lightroom can change things about your photos. Sometimes the Exposure and Blacks settings worked great for the photo when it was in color, but maybe they need to be tweaked once it’s black and white. So the moral of this story… convert to black and white and then check your shadows, highlights, and midtones again, just to make sure the photo looks its best.

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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