Video: Lightroom/Photoshop Before and After (Black and White Conversion)

This week I’m doing another Before/After video where I take a photo in Lightroom, hit the Reset button so we’re starting from scratch and walk you through the entire edit in Lightroom and over to Photoshop. This time around I’m converting to black and white so I’ll also show you the work I do to the photo in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Enjoy!

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, LightroomKillerTips.com, 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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  1. The most useful 10 minutes I’ve spent in a while. Good format. Some other instruction videos are too slow or repetitive for an LR intermediate like me. That said, I’m a Silver Efex novice, (but thrilled by it, I suppose BW is a class A drug – http://thelightcavalry.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/more-color-and-silver-efex-before-and-afters ), and I’d benefit if if you branched out into NIK software in general.

    You went into Silver Efex with a jpg, not a TIFF. Still 30mb of D800ness tho. Do you see any compromise there?

    That’s a spotty D800. I’m thinking about D800 v 5D3. Any idea which deals better with dust?

    Thanks.

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  2. I totally agree with Mark Adams, a great tutorial. I like the “matter of fact” style in which you work and explain the various techniques. Silver Efex Pro2 really rocks doesn’t it?!

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  3. Hi Matt,

    Left a comment on your blog site also. Great tutorial as always! What caught my attention was your tip on using the Highlight slider while using the Gradient adjustment tool in Lightroom. I’ve never like using the gradient tool because I could never get it to look right. With this Highlight slider, It just may work for me!

    Thanks for taking the time to help us!

    Dennis

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  4. Wow. Thanks for sharing this video! This tutorial is really cool. I am really not good in video editing but I really learned a lot from this video. Thank you for sharing. The black and white effects make it more dramatic and artistic. Your blog teaches me a lot of things. Keep on posting how-to videos and the pictures and videos that you edit. Iíll practice and I hope to be able to share my masterpiece too.

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  5. Hi Matt,

    As always great video and your comment is always dead on. Again, I am impressed with the quality of your video production. Which software are you using for your screen capture? The sound is also great. Couldn’t find the info on your site. Thanks again for so many presets and precious infos.

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  6. I too love the highlight slider within the gradient tool. It often does not bring back enough compared to negative exposure, so I find myself adding multiple gradients, each one adding negative highlights until I get what I want. This way, as you said, nothing but highlights are affected. :)

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  7. Great tutorial Matt. Only negative was that it served as a reminder that I need to buy the Nik plug-in pkg. $

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  8. Awesome job, as always. I could use a tip about file size re the D800. When do you start to reduce file size on a project. Particularly regarding Panoramas.

    I couldn’t see the file size on your black and white conversion but another poster mentioned you had converted to jpeg but not down sampled. I’m sure there is a reason but I don’t understand. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Vaughn

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