Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 170mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200.

As you’ll see in the video below, the finishing touches for a black and white image often makes the color version of the same image look terrific, too. Personally, I think removing the distraction of color helps me make tonal adjustments with better judgement. Above you see the portrait from the video, and below is another example of a landscape whose black and white adjustments also made a color image I like.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @38mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @38mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50.

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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. Very cool method. I find myself sometimes distracted by colour. I’m going to try this on the next portrait I edit. Many thanks for sharing this.

  2. Years ago, when I worked as a young TV salesman and installer, the trick to a perfectly tuned (CRT) picture was to turn the colour right down, adjust Contrast, Brightness & Sharpness to optimum and THEN add in the colour back in. Et voila – parfait!

  3. Nice read..What I like about your blogs are, there is a lot learning from it, yet not long enough to get disinterested ….Thanks..keep sharing your good work…

  4. Fine example of how to make a thoughtfully composed and lit portrait go beyond first class!


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Photography is my life, and I'd like my photography to be part of your life, too. Whether I make pictures with you or help you learn to make your vision pop out of the camera, I'm happy to help.


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