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Saving A Photo With A Beautiful B&W Edit – A Lightroom Classic CC Tutorial

January 19, 2020


Last week, I went to chat with
Roman Villa and got what I thought was actually quite a
nice black and white shot of a Victorian house. We’re going to
see how I edited that in today’s video right after this. I didn’t get much in the way of
pictures from Chad with it’s difficult going to a ruin
sometime and finding enough there to want to take pictures
of I got a couple of mosaic shots, but they didn’t really do
it for me. And in the end, it was a bit complicated and I
didn’t really get anything much out of it that I thought, Oh
yes, that’s a really good shot. But coming away from it, I got
this picture of a house, which at first I thought would just be
a nice kind of a record shot. Something you can put in your
photo album but not necessarily something you put in your
portfolio and when I got it into it back into Lightroom This is
what it looked like. So with this one I wanted to, to, I just
played around with it, I find actually the if you turn it
black and white, it looks quite nice. So I decided to make a
black and white photo of it. And here is how I edited it. First
of all, I’m going to go into Adobe monochrome. So with this
one, we are going to do our basic edit again. Now I am doing
this for all of my shots at the moment. But you shouldn’t feel
that you can’t like kick off the shadows or something. If you
think it’s really, really going to work. I will make sure that
we’re not blood, the white vessel put that up just until
there’s combat and blacks. Maybe give this a little bit, a little bit more than we did
with some of the others. I mean that that’ll, that’ll do that’ll
date that looks fine. It’s not quite what I’m after at the
moment. So I think actually, the big thing about that is it’s
fighty bright at the moment. So we’re going to pull down our
exposure by top or so maybe that’s a bit too much,
maybe there. Okay, and that’s starting to
look a little bit better a little bit more. Like what I was
what I was after, I’m going to add some texture into this. I do
like adding texture into images. And we’re going to drop the
clarity now we did this on the autumn colours. thing, you can
drop the clarity down little bit and it does just the haze some
of the bits the image and I quite like the look of it and
talking of D haze, and that sorry, haze is somebody that
just gives us a bit of a it’s an old look anyway, and we’re going
to boost up the haze as well. So we’ve got some more shapes and
things in the sky. There. Okay, great. It’s good in heart and
see because all of this is a little bit different. Now I’ve
made some quite big adjustments. This and we’ll kind of see why
we’re doing it because a lot of this is if we change it’ll
change some of the images and it will make some of it blacker and
some of it, some of it whiter. So a lot of this is just how you
like it, you know, if you if you like something great if you
don’t like something right, and that’s largely I’m just going to
pull a lot of this data because we want to, again, we want to be
a darker image we want to pull something outside of this.
Switching between green Dame straight away I think makes it
makes a massive, massive difference. I don’t think we
need it needs to be that that much though. Maybe somewhere
around there. Aqua we’re going to pull down as well. And I’ve got notes behind the
camera. So if I keep glancing at the camera, then that’s why
blues Pull the blades down, pulling the sky and it’s making
that a lot darker. And perhaps purple, nothing much
happens with purple. So we can probably
pretty much leave that alone. And nothing much is happening
there. Okay, that’s so that’s, that’s that. And like I said,
when when you’ve got a black and white image, really black and
white is all about contrast and it’s about the, the lighter bit
so your eyes are drawn to and highlighting those lighter bits
and highlighting the bits that you want people who people’s
eyes to be drawn to. So that’s why you will partly why you’re
doing this too so that you can get the certain colours that may
be too overpowering like with the green that we had there,
which you know, that was here, which is quite bring it down to something like that which is
thinking where we had it before. It gives you that that character
between the two colours. So that’s I think nice way of doing
it will move on to the sharpening, which sounds like
some sort of film or something to put that up to 90 wouldn’t
put on noise reduction up as well to full colour lift leaving at 25. Thank
you. profile corrections, everything
because it’s easy, nice and quick thing to do well actually
put a vignette on this one. I don’t do that all the time. But
I do do it occasionally. Just you just want something around
the edges, especially black and white film, you just want again,
you’re playing with interest and you want to get the contract
cross. And so that’s another way of doing it. And it’s a fairly
quick way of doing it. But anyway, that’s our basic
adjustments done. So now we’re going to move over here and
actually crop the image. Does it need to be straightened? I don’t know. Let’s take this. And let’s just yeah, I think it does actually.
I think it just I think You see the problem is what does it The problem is always the
verticals. And that to me looks rough.
Right? I think that’s about right. I
think we’ll leave it at that. That looks good. reframing wise, I’m kind of
happy with the highest, where is it? It’s kind of on this middle
line here. And so what is in the foreground is in the foreground
and what is in the background is in the background. That’s fine.
I’m happy with that. Okay, we’ll go on to the next bit, which is any top and bottom shading
things that we need to do from the top. I’m just going to move you over
just to touch which she might even see on camera because of
the way that the camera works. Okay, so we’re going to take a
radio a gradient, pull that down to angle it so that it’s the
same angle as the as the building as well. So that will
have that they’re going to just bring it down not that much,
just to something like that. So they’ve got a bit of exposure on
the thing and we just to because it’s in the sky, we’re going to
D haze that just slightly just a little bit there. There we go. So you can start to
see in right there so that you can
start to see that the the details in this class just a
little bit more just enough to make it look a little bit
interesting. Now the this bit here over this side. I think
it’s far too bright. So I’m going to bring in a very similar
sort of thing. Just to decide like there will have a nice,
long radiant and we will take it down. Maybe there someone like
that. Okay. Similar thing, I think on the other side as well.
So we’ll Do so what we’re really what we’re really doing is we’re
making sure that the thing that you’re attention to the first of
all is this bit of the box and then it’s the house we really
want people to look at the house that’s where we’re that’s where
our focus is on all of these things. Now that we’ve done that
it the important things are to then start lighting up the house
and and making those those moat those little bits in the house
that actually make it look a bit more bit better. And we’re going
to do that of course with radio gradient like we’ve done before.
If I press the right button, there we go. And we will stick a
radial gradient on the chimney. I lighting up chimneys. I don’t
know what doesn’t make any sense, teacher, but I quite like
the way that it looks. We’ve got our exposure so far too high
expansion needs to be actually up probably a whole LD and we’re
probably gonna bring in some clarity in here characters are
really great to work with. Let’s just turn on
and off on the journey you can see done is it just, it brings up that clarity,
but also it draws your eye to that bit straight away. So nice
and simple thing to do. And a lot of the radio graduates that
we’re going to be doing right now are just going to be based
off that one thing so we’ll be going to the roof so so that was a great roof and you can see it
just away. You’ll see it enough luck. But when I move this over, to give a different sort of
definition to that roof that just wasn’t there before. will
do the same thing for the front of that. So, this shifted, do this like that really pay
attention to spit much kind of better than, again doesn’t make a lot of
difference sometimes sometimes doesn’t make any difference at
all. And so you end up taking those off, but it doesn’t have
to make an awful lot of difference. It just has to give
you something and for me that’s that’s, again, going to bring it into
the window. This work because that’s really brick work that I
actually want to increase the clarity on because in black and
white, there’s areas where you can get really, really sharp.
It’s a good thing. Okay, the tree that we’ve got
over here, we could have a nice this coming in, like this.
That’s it. Have a nice day again. is just setting up a tree
just it, say take it off so it looks like that adds some speckled bits of light into the
specular is what you would call it if you’re doing 3d rendering
but it’s not quite specular because that’s really that’s a
different sort of light. And we’re also going to bring some
light down on to here like sure. And we’re gonna light
up all of that we’ve got this kind of pull it see on the on the grass, and
again, it’s just it’s to give it a a different, a different
colour different feel to the whole thing. Finally, I love
doing this. I’ve done it on a couple of photos now and it
seems to work really really well. Where is in the light up at the full steam like that. sort of pull you into the the image I quite
like doing that. There’s this there is something that is still
not quite right about this image. And I think I’ve figured
out what it is. So if I exit out of that, I used to have a Done
button down there. I can’t find anymore, but you can. If you
ever get into that situation, I know it’s a button I have to
press ever get into that situation, just click up here
again. And you’ll be taking back to where you were here. I think
the problem is that this there isn’t enough clarity in this. I
think that’s what the problem is. I’m not entirely sure. But I
think that’s what the problem is. So I’m going to actually
push a lot of clarity into this night, which will sharpen up the
image but actually it’s going to darken the image down a lot to
start the day yet go straight away that that’s it that’s
that’s what I wanted. And you see the difference then between
the blacks and the whites, it really adds a much more dramatic
shot. I think that might be just a little bit too much we just
touch and it’ll be better. There you have it, your final image of
Victorian house in black and white shot in the grounds of
Chad with Roman villa. I hope you like it, man. What I’d
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1 Comment

  • Reply chris davis January 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Starting at around the 9 minute mark (from when you introduce "radial gradients") that when you apply them it seems to interfere with the audio – giving a stuttering effect. A little thumbs up from me 🙂

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