Simple B&W Conversion | Hickam Family Photographer, Sharleen Mey Photography

For this week’s image tutorial I am going to show you how I edit my black and white images. The image I am using today features my little guy Liam splashing around at Hickam Dog Beach. I took this image with my Lensbaby Spark and for once, I actually nailed focus ha-ha! I do love the creative motion blur you get out of this inexpensive little lens and all of the ripples in the water mixed in with a candid moment made for a great black and white conversion.

In the following steps, you’ll see that even though I know I am going to convert the image to black and white, I still make some exposure adjustments. When I do convert, I make sure that my Black & White Mix is all reset–this allows for more of a “blank slate” and I can fully customize how I want my B&W images to look. I have my Lightroom set so that every image I convert will automatically reset those sliders–I will follow up with these default settings in the next image tutorial blog post.

I don’t adjust much with my monochrome conversions, I do love a more contrasted black and white image so I make sure to bring in a lot of blacks as well as move the clarity slider up quite a bit. To balance out the deep blacks, I add a bit of a soft matte in the Tone Curve panel and that’s it!

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