B & W

The biggest problem with T in-camera black and white is that contrasting colours can end up with a similar tonal value in your images.

There are a number of ways to change the way that individual colours are converted into black
and white, including in-camera filter effects (see page 11), but the best way to learn is by using the black-and- white adjustment tools in either Elements, Photoshop CS or CC.

These adjustment tools enable you to use sliders to control how individual colours are converted
into black-and-white tones. Darkening or lightening the tones
of these colours can transform your final result compared to a more basic conversion. To use these tools you’ll need to use a colour original, so you should either turn off the black-and- white picture mode on your camera, or simply shoot in raw mode and then process the raw file without using the black-and-white JPEG.

Shooting for success

This conversion technique relies on contrasting colours in your original image, so we chose to shoot a simple pink flower against a blue background. The basic setup was positioned on a

“The adjustments allow you
to use sliders to control how individual colours are converted”


The Black and White adjustment in Photoshop CS and CC offers control over a greater range of colours than the Elements version, along with a range

of preset options through a drop-down menu. This means that you can more accurately target individual colours such as yellow, cyan and magenta in your images. Changes can also be applied on an adjustment layer, rather than to the image itself.


Theconversiontools canonlytargetindividual

table close to a window, but not in direct sunlight. This diffuse lighting was deliberately chosen to provide a

soft light without there being too many shadows on the flower or

the background.
With your image open in

Elements, you simply need to go to Enhance>Convert to Black

and White. This will open up a new window that contains a whole

coloursratherthanselected areasoftheimage.Soyou should try to produce an image thatcontainsafullrange oftonesfromblackto white,withoutlosingany highlightorshadow detail


Darkening colours by dragging the colour sliders too far left can create haloes or dark lines around details in the image, especially where there’s a contrasting colour. The solution is to drag the slider back until the lines disappear.

range of preset styles to choose from, along with the manual controls for adjusting the red, green and blue intensity, and a contrast control. See the box above for more informatio

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