I had so much fun teaching a little about B&W editing in Lightroom and Photoshop over this past weekend on Instagram’s @TheCandidClass.
When I created the videos, I actually recorded the entire edits, and then spliced them up to fit within Instagam’s 1 minute video clip limit. However, in a gallery, even though in theory you should be able to add 10 one minute videos….in practice…not so much.
So, we cut down the videos I created to shorter, more bite-sized videos. But…since I had the full-length recordings, I wanted to share them with you.
What you’ll see: Over 1 hour of my screen recordings in Lightroom & Photoshop where I don’t use any presets or actions at all.
Video 1: I pull in an SOOC and make some basic raw processing adjustments in Lightroom. I didn’t want to duplicate what KelleyK taught on @thecandidclass, but I do show you how I adjust my white balance and WHY it is crucial to do so prior to converting to B&W. I show you shortcuts the how & why behind checking your Before & Afters. Also, when you convert an image to B&W, it makes no sense to check your before & after with the color SOOC. So, I’ll show you how to fix that. I’ll show you sharpening masks and a few uses for the dehaze slider.
Video 2: I pull that same image from video 1 into Photoshop. Now, unfortunately, I had already edited the image without recording it, but I will go through layer by layer and show you the exact adjustments (and why). I show you the difference between adjustment layers, transparent layers and pixel layers. I’ll specifically show you how I add light & contrast to any image, selectively and quickly.
Video 3: Here’s the image that most of you saw on @thecandidclass. In those Instagram videos, I showed you the almost-final image and how I added artistic blur. But, in this video, I show you start to finish, the entire process. (I do skip the Lightroom raw processing, however.) I show you the key to quickly adding light & contrast to your images using Quick Mask Mode. I use a ton of levels and curves layers to get the image to look exactly as I want it to. Then, of course, I’ll show you three types of creative blurs you can use. Lastly, I’ll show you how I resize & sharpen the image specifically for Instagram.
To be directly routed over to those videos, all I ask is for your email address. Why? Because I might do more of these in the future, and want to let you know when I do. I won’t spam ya – I get too much email as it is, so I’ll only email you if I can add some value for you.
Watch Me Edit in B&W
See over 1 hour of edits and explanations in Lightroom & Photoshop with tips and tricks to help you edit more quickly and efficiently.
I’m a family photographer in Gwinnett County, Georgia.