Learn Lightroom 5 - Part 4: Processing a Photo Into Black & White (Training Tutorial)

by: Anthony Morganti

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hey guys this is Anthony from Anthony Morgan tea calm and this is part 4 of our learn Lightroom 5 series in part 1 we process this photograph in the develop module of Lightroom 5 and I showed you these controls where you could process the photograph in part 2 I went over the tools and we continued processing the same photograph in part 3 we process this photograph from beginning to end we this is the before picture this is the after picture and I showed you my my whole workflow and how I process that photograph in this episode we're going to be processing a photo into black-and-white and I chose this photograph of the lighthouse and I'm going to show you my entire workflow on how I would process this photograph first things I would do the horizon is a little crooked and as you can see it's a little bit of a little bit of a curve in it from my lens so I go to lens corrections right away and enable profile Corrections remove chromatic aberration and then I'll hit auto and auto should straighten it and yeah it did and it made the verticals vertical and the horizontal horizontal so that's fine we're done with that panel next thing I do I go right into the basic panel and I do what I do to every photograph I go right to highlights and I turn it all the way down and I go to the shadows and I turn those all the way up next if I wanted I would put a graduated filter in here which is this control right here but I'm not going to do it in this photograph because the lighthouse is here and I don't want the graduated filter to affect the lighthouse so I'm going to deal with this guy in a different way a little later so we'll jump right I set my white in my black point and the way you do that is you hold the Alt key in when you're on the white and when you touch the white you know click down on it it on the whole screen turns black move it to the right until you just get some something showing you know the whites oranges but I usually white say usually just let it barely come through you and even then I just kind of readjusted it there we go now the blacks is the similar thing you hold the Alt key down when you click on the black slider the whole screen turns white this time move it to the left until you get some blacks and I usually bring this one a little further and that's that now we set the white and black point now the next thing I would do is exposure and contrast and I do think the pictures a tad bright so I'm going to bring exposure down just a little bit probably less than a third of a stop and I'm going to bring contrast and now we're going to be processing this in black and white eventually so I want it contrast II I want this picture to be like a real stormy sky and you know something out of a book so I'm going to bring contrast up fairly high around 38 I'm going to bring clarity up fairly high too because that will add to the effect once it's in black and white vibrance and saturation I don't have to do anything in because we're going to send this to black and white now how we're going to do that is we go to this panel right here it's the HSL color and black and white panel and we simply just click on the black and white and it turns the photograph into black white now you'll see these colors here and what you're actually doing when you slide these is if you're for instance it's easier if I show you we know there's blue in the sky um if I take the blue and I make it darker you can see how it's making the sky darker and I that's what I want I want the sky a little more dramatic so I'm going to bring the blue slider pretty far down I don't want anything to be absolute black then the guy though so right about there is good now the other ones in this foot you know if you had something you knew you had a red flower or something you know you you adjusted red it would do something but in this photograph it's not as clear-cut outside of the blue so we'll just you know try them out move red to the right move red to the left the only sing thing I really seen affecting is this sign here and so I'm not going to mess with it so double-click on it and it puts it right back where it was orange move to the right and I see it's a brightening up this area here and I kind of like that see so we're going to brighten that up by moving the orange slider to the right yellow is probably going to do that same area I would imagine because usually yellows and oranges are together and it is so I'm going to bring that up a little bit green I'm not sure there's much green in here move it around see a little bit happening in the water in the foreground and on the face of the lighthouse so I'll bring it up a little brighten those up a little bit Aquos should probably effect a little bit more like we did with the blue it does so bring that up a tiny bit purple similarly although maybe not not really much going on there and I'll leave that alone and I'd out magenta is going to do anything no and it doesn't okay so now we adjusted the black and white mix by adjusting these color sliders so I'm done with that panel I do even want a little more dramaa in the sky so I'm going to go to the tone curve and I'm just going to pull down on the tone curve a little bit and bring the whole picture a little darker even okay now it's starting to shape up tomorrow what I want it to be this part in here are the base of the lighthouse is pretty dark so I'm going to use the brush tool and I'm going to set it to exposure and you can see I have a previous setting on there and I'm just to reset it hold the Alt key down you'll see how this effect turns into reset click on it and everything zero it out now I'm going to bring up the exposure maybe a stop see what that looks like and I want I want auto masking on so that it doesn't bleed as readily and other things and I want the brush to be feathered because I want I don't want it to look like a white line I want it to look more blurred at the edges now use the left bracket key to make it smaller and the right bracket key to make it bigger so we're going to make it a little smaller and we're just going to paint on here up in here a little bit now I don't like that so now I hold the Alt key down and you can see how this + turns into a minus and that means we're going to be erasing what we just did

and it's good I think I like it like that maybe a little bit more in there it's good okay so we're done with that you could just hit it again and it will close or down here it has closed if you have messed it all up you could hit reset but this I could turn it on and off to see the effect there it is off there it is on and I kind of like it so I'm going to leave it all right now the next thing we could do is the detail panel this is where we sharpen it and get rid of any noise and inherent when you do black and white is you get a lot of luminance noise in the photograph and as I look at it now I don't really see too much but I'm going to bring sharpening up um we're going to the part 5 of this series I'll be going over this panel to show you how to set it exactly for sharpening and noise reduction if you don't really you know want to worry about all the technical details about it I mentioned before are set sharpening around 70 and don't even mess with these three sliders and set your luminance to around 40 for the noise reduction that gives it a nice some nice mix alright now alright we sharpened it we got some noise reduction it's still not really where I want so I'm going to go back into the basic panel and I'm going to I'm going to boost contrast even more and I'm going to boost clarity a little more

all right now it's getting closer now the water in my opinion is a little too clear a little too sharp so I'm going to blur that now I'm going to do that so I'm going to take a brush we're going to click new I'm going to reset it by holding the Alt key and hitting that reset then I'm going to I'm going to take clarity turn it all the way down and I'm going to take sharpness and I'm going to turn that a little down and I'm going to get a fairly big brush and I'm going to brush on the water you can see it's blurring it out and taking some of the highlight away from it which I really didn't care for

and get in here a little bit

now um that's pretty good I like that here a little more if you hover over the button of what you just painted it'll come up with a mask over the water where in this case the water where I painted and I could see that I missed a couple spots so I could come back and paint over here I could paint over here okay that's done close that up now the only other thing is of the lighthouse looks kind of drab so actually I think I'm going to add some little light on the lighthouse and what I'm going to do in this case is I'm going to do another brush I'm going to reset it I'm going to click this drop down and put exposure I'm just going to bring the exposure up maybe less than half a stop and see what happens here when I do it yeah I kind of like that see kind of them you know the lighthouse isn't perfectly uniform in color it's it's stained and I'm going to brighten up some areas of it make it a little more interesting and there like that now um the other thing now I added contrast and some clarity after I went into the detail slider and did the noise reduction and I just want to double check the sky bring it to one to one and look at it to make sure that I don't have any noise introduced and I do see I did introduce a little more noise the way um I think I'll get rid of that is I'll just brush it out again um and what we'll do is we excuse me bring out the brush again we're going to do a new one I'm going to hit reset again and this time I'm going to bring the clarity down a little bit actually I think I'll leave clarity alone because I want the really distinct layers of the clouds to show through but I am going to turn sharpness down in noise down and get a really big brush and we're just going to paint now on this

and you almost can't see anything but when I probably in the video you really can't see it at all but it's taken away some of that pixelated noise that grainy looking noise that was in there and making it a little more noise free but it's not affecting the detail which is what I was hoping for see it's taken a second for my computer to render over there it looks like I missed okay that's that's done as far as I'm concerned and as i zoom in I could see that that grain noise is totally gone now so I like that now the pretty much the picture is finished as far as I'm concerned I do as I usually do I like to add a vignette I go to the effects and the very first slider the amount if you go to the right you'll get a white vignette if you go to the left to get a dark and yet and I'd like something about there and that's it that's some I process this picture from a color you know raw file into this and if I hit the Y key on my keyboard I'll get the before picture in the after my processing and you know it's to your own taste I wanted it I wanted the sky real dramatic is you know to look like a storm is rolling in and as you could see it was pretty pretty pleasant day actually but I totally changed the flavor the photograph by doing that so that's it um that's how you process a photograph in Lightroom 5 into a black and white and get the Y key again and we'll come back to this so in part 5 of this series as I mentioned earlier I'll I'm just going to deal with this detail panel and show you what all these functions do and how you could adapt it to a photograph to get the optimum sharpen sharpening and noise reduction and until then thanks for watching I really appreciate and I appreciate everyone's support and stop over to Anthony Morgan et Calm I got some articles over there and more videos you know to help help you with your

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This is the 4th installment of the "Learn Lightroom 5" series brought to you by: http://AnthonyMorganti.com

In this installment Anthony Morganti takes you step by step through the processing of a raw image into black and white using Adobe Lightroom 5. Parts 1-13 in the series can be found here: Part 1: Quickstart to get you developing photos in Lightroom - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/07/21/learn-lightroom-part-1-quickstart/

Part 2: The Tools In Lightroom - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/07/22/learn-lightroom-5-part-2-tools/

Part 3: Processing a photo start to finish - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/07/25/learn-lightroom-5-part-3-the-develop-workflow-training-tutorial/

Part 4: Processing a B&W Photo - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/07/29/learn-lightroom-5-part-4-processing-a-photo-into-black-white/

Part 5: Sharpening & Noise Reduction - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/05/learn-lightroom-5-part-5-sharpening-noise-reduction/

Part 6: Spot Removal Tool - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/08/learn-lightroom-5-part-6-spot-removal-tool/

Part 7: Portrait Retouch - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/17/learn-lightroom-5-part-7-portrait-retouch/

Part 8: Split Toning - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/24/learn-lightroom-5-part-8-split-toning/

Part 9: Develop Module Mayhem - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/31/learn-lightroom-5-part-9-develop-module-mayhem/

Part 10: Creating Presets - http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/02/learn-lightroom-5-part-10-creating-presets/

Part 11: Questions & Answers: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/07/learn-lightroom-5-part-11-questions-answers/

Part 12: Getting Images Into Lightroom: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/10/learn-lightroom-5-part-12-getting-images-into-lightroom/

Part 13: Tone Curve: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/15/learn-lightroom-5-part-13-tone-curve/

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