Video: Start to Finish B&W Portrait in 5 Min

Hey everyone – RC here. I wanted to share with you a quick post processing session on an image to show how fast you can take an image from concept to completion. While we aim to give you guys as many tips and tricks as we can – we know that sometimes just checking it out in context can help put it together. In this case, I had a black and white portrait in mind, and show how increases in contrast, clarity, a smidge of the adjustment brush, detail and tinting a black and white (my favorite!) can take that treatment to the next level. You should be able to apply this kind of post to an image in just under 5 minutes (it just takes me 9 minutes to explain it. Ah, details.. 🙂 )

I’d love to see what you guys come up with in your portrait. We’ll start a post over on the Kelby One Facebook Page about this tutorial. If you apply the work to an image – make sure you share it there!



  1. Andy Price 15 January, 2015 at 08:57 Reply

    I love the hings that you have been doing with Killertips in the last few weeks and love RC’s videos. I have been doing a few monochrome images recently but never tried the colour toning as described here. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Dennis Zito 15 January, 2015 at 07:44 Reply

    Hi Scott/RC,

    I hope this posts. I’ve been leaving comments, but they don’t seem to be posting on the site. I hit the submit button and everything looks like it works, but then when I go to look at the comments, it’s not there. Any ideas?



  3. Charlotte 14 January, 2015 at 23:35 Reply

    Great info. Loved the toning in the BW.Haven’t used LR much for my BW conversions.Definitely impressed with what you accomplished and will have to give LR a try w/my BW. Thank you.

  4. L. Scott Johnson 14 January, 2015 at 11:15 Reply

    at 2:15, you cycle through the overlays using ‘O’ to find the “minimal” one so you can see just the picture. You could just use ‘H’ to hide the overlay altogether for an even more minimal look.

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