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So here is the colour raw file straight out the camera fairly flat in contrast and uninteresting. All Raw files are flat and need to be processed to get the best out them. If you want to gain control over the look of your pictures and are not using raw files I suggest you start soon.
So this is what we get if we ask the software (Lr4 only) to gives us black and white it’s even less interesting than the colour picture and that’s saying something. Good black and white photography is not a colour picture with the colour taken out– as is demonstrated here.
In the next version I have adjusted the basic sliders in Lr4 and added Clarity at around 50%. Clarity adds Mid-tone contrast, adding Clarity will make a big difference to the look of B&W in a good way. Be careful not to over do it – as it will also introduce halos if are not careful. Adobe say Lr4 has fixed the problems in this respect over Lr3 – they haven’t, its better but not gone.
I next used the Colour Mix Sliders to lighten the Reds, Oranges and Yellows. Also be careful using these sliders as they also can introduce halos.
Next various adjustments were made using the Brush and Graduated Filter tool.
A Custom Curve introduced next to boost the overall contrast.
The final Print with the edges darkened.
I hope you have found this meagre tutorial of use even if its only to help you decide what you don’t want your pictures to look like.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012