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Dramatic Black and White Landscape Photography / Lightroom Tutorial Episode #12

November 6, 2019


Hi guys! and welcome to the episode number 12 of my Lightroom tutorial series. Today I will talk about Black and White in Landscape Photography. First of all I have to say that black and white does not have to be a second choice I mean: If you like black and white, it can be good for almost every type of photography. Today I will talk about black and white landscape photography only, here I have two images both with very flat light that are perfect for this tutorial. let’s start with the first! As you can see this one is almost blue, and it is very flat. Look at the hystogram… And it is very flat! This other one is also… FLAT and note that it is an HDR… So it should have more range and colors than a normal image. But now let’s see what we can do in black and white. First of all I move to the develop mode and I apply the lens correction then, as always, I remove chromatic aberrations Now I synchronize the settings on both the images. Then I can start to retouch, but… in this case my workflow is a little bit different than the usual. First of all, as you can see, this image is a little bit over exposed, so I lower the exposure until the highlights are not clipping. Then I lower the highlights to -100. Then I open up the shadows, something about +40. here… and then I move to the vibrance and saturation sliders and I go very aggressive on that part. Don’t worry because later we will switch to black and white so it will not be a problem. now… +60 for the vibrance and +… 26 for the saturation Then I adjust the white point and the black point, as always, by keeping the alt key pressed. Like this… and… ok! Then I create a graduated filter for the foreground rocks, here and I add some light to that part. something like…. an half stop Then I take the brush and I set on Clarity at +50 is ok and then I paint on the rocks Note that the brush density is at 75% so it will be not very strong. Then I paint here here and here also in the foreground ok! Last but not least, I can add some contrast. Here I set, for now, a +52 Then later I will fix that Now I can switch to black and white The image is not bad but at this point.. but at this point I can finalize the editing with some other details, for example I add another graduated filter here on the top right corner and I lower the exposure by a stop, or… an half stop ok. then… I try to add more contrast ok and I open up the shadows a little bit more then I can move down to the colors palette and I try to play I can try to play with the color sliders… so.. you can move a color at once and see what’s the difference in the image. The goal is to have many tones different each other and so more contrast in the final image. ok As you can see I try to move every single one, and I look at the preview on the image, to see if it is better or not ok I think that this image is complete and Let’s take a look at the before and after. oook! Now the second example! in this one I made the same editing as the first one… so I can play it in fast forward as you can see right now +100 on the vibrance then I desaturate then with the brush, on the rocks, with the clarity here, then I add a graduated filter on the sky here more contrast, and then a vignette.. ok this one is complete also so let’s take a look at the before and after. well I think that you can agree with me if I say that the black and white in this case saved this picture from the trash. so I hope you liked this video let me know what you think in the comments Please like share and subscribe for more bye bye!

5 Comments

  • Reply The Pursuit with Dillon October 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    What camera do you shoot with?

  • Reply Twiztid Metal October 14, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I'm so happy I stumbled upon your channel randomly a few weeks ago, you've produced nothing but excellent content!

  • Reply Feri K. - Aerodron October 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    beautiful video

  • Reply Jon Summers February 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    a mexican gangster armed with light room . ha.

  • Reply Sajjad Al-Lawati August 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Fantastic workflow, easy to follow , very good explained ..i like it, and i subscribed in your channel …one question is that when you are in the field taking the image, do you expose for the light side of the image or the dark side , can you tell little about your metering method please

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