Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 D lens, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400.
Great black and white images require more than simply removing the color, and Lightroom 5 is a really powerful tool for making memorable black and white photographs. Take a look at this video to see the seven steps I take to make a terrific B&W image from any color image.
Rob Sylvan and I will be doing a Google+ hangout on February 19th at 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific) to discuss how to finish great black and white images using Adobe Lightroom 5 (we’ll also share some organizational gems, so don’t miss it!). You can join the event here, and these are links to Levi and Rob.
Following are some of the settings I mentioned in the video:
These are the settings I use in the Adjustment Brush to gently enhance eyes (K is the shortcut for the Adjustment Brush). I usually use this with the brush set to 100% flow and opacity. Click on the drop down arrows next to where it reads “Real Iris” and you can choose to “Save Current Settings As New Preset.”
These are some favorite tints for finishing your black and whites; try these in the Split Toning tab. Use the Preset tab on the left to make a preset including only the Split Toning checkbox to keep these handy for the future.