Your Black & White Processing Needs this Intel

A few months ago, I did a video that made a BOLD claim that I would take composition over color any day as the biggest contributor to viewer response.  It was the topic of a lot of discussion on the f.64 Academy Education Facebook page and my YouTube channel.  All good discussion, of course, but many people brought up a GREAT question.

“Okay, Blake, so you’d take color over composition, but where does a Black and White image fit in here?”

I am so glad you asked! My stance on Black and White is that it is a finishing effect that is best completed after your tones and colors look good.  I also strongly feel it should incorporate your colors to create the best tonal values.  So, Color still plays a vital role in producing good quality Black and White photos.

I have a 4 step process I developed to help you make your Black and White work much better by using your colors.

Step 1 – Shift your colors for desired tonal values.
Step 2 – Refine your colors to explore the tones further.
Step 3 – Balance your colors to define the tones.
Step 4 – Treat your tonal values with a Gradient Map.

Simple right?  Well, there is a lot more to it that you need to know before diving into it.  In this video, I will share all my tips and tricks with you on how I make impactful Black and White images.  I even made an action for you to make it all so much easier 😉

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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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