How To Convert An Image To Black and White in Lightroom 5Posted by Deirdre Harger on Sep 6, 2013 in Blog, Lightroom, Photography | 4 comments
Black and white images are among my favorites! There are many ways to convert an image to black and white and many reasons you’d want to! Creative Team Member, Deirdre Harger shows us her steps for the conversion of her beautiful daughter’s photo. If you are new to Lightroom you can watch my FREE series of Lightroom videos, from Import To Export.
For this black and white conversion, I went to the “HSL/Color/B&W” tab in the middle of the develop panel on the right side. I clicked on B&W and then returned to my sliders above in the Basic panel. I tweaked exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, blacks, whites and clarity sliders to get blacker, crisper blacks and whiter whites. I used the detail panel to sharpen a little bit.
I further fine-tuned the image using the adjustment brush on eyes and lips and freckles. I brushed on the irises and eyelashes of the eyes and adjusted clarity and exposure of the eyes and eyelashes. I burned the lips a little with the adjustment brush to bring back a little darker shade. Then I ran an adjustment brush with clarity over the freckles to make them pop a teensy bit more. Always use a new brush for each of these individual adjustments.
Finally, the spot removal tool is great for removing blemishes. It’s fun to play around with these adjustments and figure out your black and white style; the B&W button in LR5 makes it easy to get started creating black and whites that you love.