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 Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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