I’d Like To See That In Black and WhitePosted by Katrina Kennedy on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog, Editing, Lightroom | 5 comments
I have a slight obsession with black and white photos. If you’ve attended a photo discussion webinar, you’ve heard me repeatedly say, “I’d like to see that in black and white.” I don’t mean it HAS to be in black and white, it means I’m curious what it might look like.
For almost every photo I take, I do a quick conversion to black and white. Just to see. I often go back to the original version or am prodded by my color loving eight year old to return to color. I like to see my options. Occasionally in that quick peek at black and white, I create something I treasure.
This photo is an example of just what black and white can do.
Let me set the stage.
We were all seated at the dinner table doing what most families do…waiting for the non-eater in the family to finish, of course. You might call my eight year old a picky eater, I call him a non-eater because he would literally live on air if he could figure out how. He once asked me how long he could go without eating before he died. Ugh. Just this week, he declared he loves the dentist, not because of the toy he gets at the end but because, he can’t eat for a half an hour after the visit!
Dinner time is fun at our house.
So back to the edit.
We had waited a long time for him to eat. My husband is much more patient than I am and had settled in to wait the eight year old out. I got bored. So I picked up my camera, set it on the table and began to shoot.
This is what I got.
Nothing spectacular, kind of yellow, and the crop was a little wonky since I hadn’t looked through the lens.
I adjusted the photo some, but still wasn’t happy. That’s when I needed to use my “I’d like to see that in black and white” rule.
And in the following video, I walk you step by step through my process. Enjoy!
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When do you convert your photos to black and white? Share in the comments below.