I love black and white, so I thought you might too – in which case you might be interested in the following Quick Tips:
- Use B&W when the image is too grainy. In B&W pictures, grain can add, rather than detract – or at least it is less distracting.
- Set your camera to B&W – even if you shoot RAW. It will not have any effect on the RAW image (at least, no permanent effect), but you will see what you are getting on your LCD display.
- If you shot JPG, shoot in Adobe colour, and convert to B&W later.
- Use Lightroom rather than other software to convert. Use the Lightroom Develop module’s HSL/Color/Grayscale tool.
- In this tool clock on Grayscale and adjust. Lightroom has a great way of doing the standard conversion.
- And now, still in that tool, adjust to taste. Add to the “red” and “orange” slider in order to make skin better. Use other controls as needed to add contrast between your subject and the background.
As an illustration, here is an image converted automatically:
Here, I have butchered it (and me – ouch) by dragging ‘orange’ and ‘yellow’ down:
Here, I have done more of an appropriate conversion:
See what I mean? This is equivalent to the old red-yellow-green filters. Except much more interactive and much simpler.