“Learning to see in Black and White”
This week we were challenged to visualize our shots in black and white before we hit the shutter button. The additional assignment was to shoot a “winterscape,” however all of the snow melted before I could get out and shoot. The image I chose was of an abandoned house, which is cold, lonely, dark, foreboding, full of empty/dead trees. Which are words that can be used to describe winter. (see what I did right there) I wanted to put the focus of the image on the faded white paint of the house and darken the surrounding.
1. Import into Lightroom 4 with lens correction preset
2. Load 3 shot (+2.0EV, 0, -2.EV) into Photomatix, used the default preset and boosted the Strength slider up to 100.
3. Opened image back in Lightroom 4
4. Adjusted Temp and Tint
5. Decreased exposure
6. Boosted contrast
7. Decreased whites
8. Increased blacks
9. Added Clarity
10. Converted to Black and White and adjusted sliders.
11. Adjusted the Crop
12. Adjusted clarity
13. Adjustment Brush on the house to brighten the paint, adjustment brush on the trees to bring out some details, and adjustment brush to darken some shadows.
14. Added vignette