A few weeks back I watched a very nice tutorial presented on Fstoppers by Austin Rogers about how to “Create Beautiful Monochrome Images Quickly in Photoshop.”
The presentation is by photographer Dave Kal Piper and is very well done. Clean, concise and easy enough for a non-photoshop pro to follow and understand.
Basically, Dave is following his edits in Lightroom by utilizing PS layers to change his gradient map. Then he adds a layer for curves and adjust to blow out everything except shadows, mask and inverts. This allows him to use the brush tool, choose percentage and dodge just the areas of his choice.
He then creates another curve layer and repeats the process for the highlights.
After he is done, he then finishes any edit, crop, etc. in LR.
I tried this technic on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR Shay #10 series and found it to be very useful. Not sure it is as accurate in percent control as doing the full dodge or burn but is much, much faster and very precise; so easy to select an area for tone adjustment and not worry about going out of borders.
I tend to use PS more than LR for my initial edits and this technic works very well for anyone who doesn’t use LR. Also, I find it to be a great, fast, editing technic for color images as well. The color shots from the above mentioned series were done this way.
If you’re looking for a fast reliable way to edit your work, give his video a look – well worth the time.
Thanks Dave Kil Piper and Austin Rogers for sharing these tips.