I love color. I see in color. I really favor color over B&W images. But strong B&W images do have impact that is often lost with the distraction of color.
Even though most of the photographs on my wedding photography blog are in color, there was a recent wedding which I showed as a set of B&W images instead. What happened was that when I started editing the images from that wedding for the blog, first one image, and then another, looked really good as a warm-toned B&W … and then I decided to go all the way and create a blog entry that consisted only of B&W images.
I’ve had a number of queries about how I process my black and white images with that warm tint. It is usually very simply done in Bridge, using a preset I created in ACR. This way I can select multiple images and then select this specific preset.
On the Basic tab, adjustments are centered around removing the colour by zeroing the Saturation slider. The Contrast is bumped up a fair amount, and Brightness nudged up a little.
The Calibration tab is adjusted according to suggestions made by Bruce Fraser in his book, Real World Camera RAW. The way that the various colors are interpreted as B&W tones, can also be affected by WB adjustments in the Basic Tab.
The warm tone comes from adjustments in the Split Toning tab. A slight vignette is also added via the Lens Corrections tab.
I do adjust the contrast and brightness as well as other settings, in order to get to an image that I like.
And that’s how I do it. Of course, the whole wide world is open for adjustment-to-taste according to your own personal taste.
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