How I Edit Black and White Images
I love to keep things simple, so it will be no surprise to you that I keep my edits simple as well! I have been asked a few times if I shoot black and white film or if I convert my images in post. The answer is both! I personally love shooting in color and then converting, but I always have a good roll of Ilford Delta on hand in case the situation calls for it! Below I am sharing with you how I convert the color image to black and white!
After our newest team member edits the shoot (I can't wait to introduce you to her!!), I scan through the gallery and flag images that I want to convert to black and white. I think it's important to start with an already edited image (white balance, exposure, coloring) just to keep things streamlined.
What am I looking for in a color image? If a color image has crisp light, an extremely dark or extremely light background, and the potential to tell a new story in black and white then it gets flagged for B&W conversion!!
Once I have selected my images, I create a virtual copy of the image! You can do this by right clicking on the image and then clicking "create virtual copy." This method allows you to keep your original edits and original image so that you can export the gallery as a whole!
I then create a basic edit for the rest of the gallery by increasing the exposure (+0.15 or more) bringing down the whites (-20), pulling down the blacks (-50) and removing all saturation from the image! I will then sync the rest of the images that need to be converted with the newly edited photograph! From there I just make a few tweaks!
What am I looking for in my final B&W image? Crisp light, bright whites and rich blacks. I always imagine how they will look in print and edit from there.
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