Lightroom B&W Processing

Click on the Title for the post online. I will hold a Zoom class on advanced Black and White Processing in Lightroom next Saturday, January 9th starting at 9:30 a.m. The class will last about 90 minutes and will explore color controls for managing conversion to a monochrome image.

Black and White conversion is a function of mapping the colors in the original image to various shades of gray in the final image. Simply desaturating the image can leave you with a dull, washed out grayscale rendition of the photo. The grayscale mapping of the original colors can be managed in several ways to lighten or darken specific grays in the image.

Mapping an image to monochrome.

The image above was converted to monochrome without the use of the adjustment brush or gradients. All control was done by managing the colors in the original image to control the B&W conversion. This cannot be done simply by choosing a B&W preset or using the sliders in the Black and White Mix panel.

“>The cost for the Zoom meeting is only $20. The meeting will last about 90 minutes. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday January 9, 2021. Payment should be made using PayPal to my email address, or email me for an address to send a check. Note in PayPal that you are signing up for the January 9th Zoom class and please include your email address. Use my email address for any questions.The cost for the Zoom meeting is only $20. The meeting will last about 90 minutes. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday January 9th, 2021. Payment should be made using PayPal to my email address, or email me for an address to send a check. Note in PayPal that you are signing up for the January 9th Zoom class and please include your email address. Use my email address for any questions.

If you are a Photoshop user you will find this program a good prelude to the next class which will be Black and White processing in Photoshop. The next class is February 6th, 2021. A blog post for that class signup will be posted soon after the January 9th program is over. Photoshop offers more extensive color controls, plus the use of contrast control and selections to manage tone values.

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Lightroom Black and White Processing Methods – Zoom class

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Registration is now open for the January 9th, 2021 Zoom class on tone control and B&W conversion in Lightroom Classic.

There are a number of ways to convert your images to B&W. The trick to controlling how your images look in those conversions is control over the image colors. Different methods map those colors to different shades of gray in the B&W conversion. I will illustrate a variety of methods for controlling image color and B&W conversion.

The conversions below were made without changes to the B&W panel sliders which is a typical conversion method. We will look at some more advanced tone control methods.

Compare two versions of a B&W conversion done in Lightroom. Which do you prefer?

This meeting will focus on using Lightroom as the conversion tool. It will also serve as the basis for more in depth control over B&W conversion for those who use Photoshop. A follow up seminar is planned for that purpose.

The cost for the Zoom meeting is $20. The meeting will last between 60-90 minutes. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday January 9th, 2021. Payment should be made using PayPal to my email address, or email me for an address to send a check. Note in PayPal that you are signing up for the January 9th Zoom class. Use my email address for any questions.

Website Articles Update

WEBSITE UPDATED – NEW ARTICLES!

I have updated my website with all new articles in the Learning section. Most obvious is a replacement for the Lightroom overview pdf with a full set of eight articles. This is aimed at users of the Lightroom Classic desktop program. The Lightroom CC cloud based program has fewer features and uses cloud based image storage for remote access. I don’t address the functionality of the CC version. Other than that, the articles will apply to you regardless of the version you own.

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October 26 Class Cancelled

The Bad News – The class on basic photography (II) has been cancelled. We just did not get a sufficient number of signups to make the class worth the use of the space at the library. Perhaps we will try again.

The Good News – The updated website and new portfolios have been published. The site is now tablet friendly and will even work on your phone if you are into that kind of pain.

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Plans for a class in the spring include an intermediate to advanced Lightroom class and an intermediate to advanced Photoshop class. On the Learning Page at the bottom right is a red box for emailing me.  Please let me know if you think you might be interested in one of those classes. The library promotions go out well in advance.

A challenge to all is to learn to see like the camera sees. The camera does not respond to light the way the human eye does. Learning the limitations of the camera as well as the possibilities will help you move your photography to greater success.

While capture is one aspect of photography, post processing is another, and control over the final image is what you should strive for. Letting the camera decide how your pictures will look is not the road to good images.  You can’t buy great images, you need to learn how to see them, and then how to process them to get what you want from the capture.

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
― Robert Frank

Intermediate Digital Photography Seminar – Digital Photography II

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Saturday, October 26th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hershey Library.

Something as simple as how you have your camera set (read: picture styles, picture control, creative style). While image style settings in the camera will produce a variety of modifications to your jpg files, they do not affect your raw files. This is why that crisp, punchy jpg on the back of the camera doesn’t appear when you open the raw file to process in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. If you use the camera makers proprietary software it may apply some settings to emulate the image style, and Adobe software can emulate some of that as well, but not to the same degree. Continue reading “Intermediate Digital Photography Seminar – Digital Photography II”

Essentials – Photography and Processing

The Hershey Library program on Digital Photography and Processing Essentials is this coming Saturday, April 6th starting at 9:30 a.m. You can sign up at the library or simply come to the door.

Essentials includes setting up your camera for the best capture, setting up Lightroom and ACR for best processing, and more. Continue reading “Essentials – Photography and Processing”

Digital Photography and Processing Essentials

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Two weeks remain for you to sign up for the April 6th program on “Digital Photography and Processing Essentials” at the Hershey Library. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. Please sign up at the library if you can, but you will be welcome at the door as well.

The program will take you through fundamental photography information such as camera settings and understanding how digital photography captures images. We will look at differences in shooting in raw vs jpg, Adobe vs sRGB color spaces, determining exposure, reading the histogram and other essential first steps to good captures. Continue reading “Digital Photography and Processing Essentials”

Free Program on Adobe LR, PS, PSE

On Thursday evening February 28, 2019 I will present a program on Adobe Lightroom image processing with a follow up for processing in Photoshop or Elements. This program is free to the public.

The program will be held at the regular meeting of the Hershey Camera Club at Country Meadows Retirement Community, 451 Sand Hill Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Members have submitted raw files to me which I will use for examples and analysis of capture, raw processing options, and subsequent refinement in Photoshop or Elements. Lightroom has its strong points and its weak points and I will help you make a decision as to when to move on to a pixel based editor to refine your images. I will also be open to questions.

Getting the most from YOUR raw files!

Imagine for a moment that you know everything there is to know about processing a raw file. No?

Which exposure in a bracketed series is the best?
Which slider should you move first?
When should you set the white balance?
What are black points and white points?
How do you best control contrast?
Can lens distortion be controlled automatically?
Why am I shooting raw in the first place?

Most seminars are valuable because you are exposed to processing steps you are not very familiar with. But you soon forget what you saw, mostly because you watched someone process an image nothing like what you normally capture. What if you could watch someone process your images, and learn something of real value?

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Beyond Global – Refining YOUR Images

I will be offering a class at the Hershey Library on Saturday morning October 13th. Rather than the usual demonstrations of how I made a particular image or used a special technique, this will be a class where your images are the source material. Requirements for participation are that you bring at least three images on a jump drive, including brackets if available, and be willing to have your images used for demonstration. You will be given the final result as a psd on your drive so you can study what was done after the class.

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