How to make great Black and White photos!I have some really great friends. Really great. You know the kind that you feel like you could talk to all day long. Or the kind that you actually plan play dates with them and their kids not just so your kids will have people to play with but because YOU want to talk with their moms?
Well, that is what I have. And the cherry on top is that my fun, happy energetic friends have equally fun, happy energetic kids the exact same ages as my kids! Match made in heaven, right?
We all have girls who all started kindergarden this year so now all of our boys get together at least once a week to play. Today we went to the pool. The boys played for 3 hours and we talked for 3 hours. It was a nice way to beat this still-way-too-hot-to-do anything Texas heat.
Turning a picture into a good black and white is fairly simple but there are a few basic rules you need to follow. First and foremost is to make the blacks very black and the whites very white. I like to see a lot of contrast in black and whites. That's when they really seem to pop.
Let's take it step by step (in Lightroom) using sweet Stella who was also as the pool today:This is the shot I took straight out of my camera. She looks slightly greenish because she was sitting under a green umbrella. (good time to turn it black and white, right? :) )
Next, simply convert your image to black and white using the black and white converter in whatever editing software you are using.
Almost all basic black and white conversions in will give you a very basic black and white but I like to call it grey and greyer. So that means you need to bring in some contrast. Instead of just increasing the "Contrast" slider I like to first increase the brightness. (Here I increased it to +63 but it will vary depending on your image.)
And finally, just increase your blacks. That will make your details and features pop. (Here I increased the black to 38)
And there you have it... a stunning black and white.
I have some really great friends. Really great. You know the kind that you feel like you could talk to all day long. Or the kind that you ac...