Monochrome toning in Lightroom

LightRoom adjustments for Monochrome Photography

Working more with the monochrome techniques we learned at the Shooting the West photography symposium I mentioned in an earlier post. In the past, I would always start in PS to make the majority of my adjustments and then switch over to LR to finalize any highlight/shadow – white/black adjustments and luminosity smoothing before final sharpening. Mark had us start in LR using the hue sliders under color/hsl to determine how we wanted to see that color tone in greyscale. Then we would set everything back to default and make the adjustments using the color sliders under B&W mix. This technique allows the photographer to adjust the photo as if they were using multiple color filter on camera in the field. Continue reading

Black & White for Digital Cameras at “Shooting the West”

At Shooting the West

I was fortunate enough to attend “Shooting the West Photography Symposium” again this year and take a workshop offered by Mark Citret on creating B&W utilizing Lightroom for global adjustments and then PS for individual or spot work.
In the past I usually thought about my subject in greyscale and then shot as I imagined the final to be in my mind. I would post process in greyscale, then burn or dodge in layers/curves to bring the grey tones into the zones I desired. Finally, I would import into LR for final adjustments of blacks, whites, shadows/highlights and for any toning or sharpening I wished to add.

Mark’s technique is exactly the opposite and one I find to be interesting (as well as useful) evolving from many of the simple practices we used with film. Continue reading

Black & White ( the zone system vs color)

I was looking for a subject to write about on this months blog when a friend and fellow photographer complimented my Black & White work on Google+, so I thought I’d pass on some tips and tricks that work for me. I’ll break this into two categories: photographing and processing.
I generally prefer to view art, photographs and films in Black & White. This is partially because my eyes don’t process light very well and colors tend to appear extremely flat or overly saturated (though this has been a blessing for low light and night vision.)
This deficiancy in my vision I find to be one of the initial and most useful tricks I use in Black and White photography.

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Visualizing Light

Over the past several years, one of the workshops I consistently attend is taught by Tom Bol at the Shooting the West photo symposium.
Tom is a lighting master. I recently picked up his blog again and noticed a piece from July 15th of this year entitled “Visualize the Light.”

In the article, Tom mentions how we as photographers are usually seeking the prime early morning light for its warmth and contrast. We all learn that the quality of light is often the factor that can turn any ordinary subject into a unique image. Continue reading

Bodie Workshops

It’s been a busy month and I’ve fallen delinquent to my post.
Had a nice family vacation riding Galloping Goose 5 on the C&TRR line and then returned for a weekend workshop in Bodie lead by Jeff Sullivan and Lori Hibbett.

This workshop was a special treat. We were permitted late night access into the park from 6pm until 1am, allowing plenty of time for star trails or light painting and then interior access into several of the building the following day. Continue reading