The Monthly Lesson

This months lesson is just a short tip on Black & White conversion. A common mistake (one that I admit to making in the past) is the lack of contrast in a B&W image. When editing your photos in Photoshop, or any other image editor, don’t forget to bump up the contrast when changing your color photo to B&W! 🙂

Here are a few examples to show you what a difference this simple step makes. This first image of baby feet has a very subtle change, but it brings out the detail a little bit.

Notice how flat the image on the left is compared to the contrast in the image on the right? (this is my youngest son’s little baby face when he was 9 months old!)This last image shows the greatest improvement. The more contrast used in a B&W image the better! It gives it a high fashion look with a lot of pop!I hope this helps you! I am always open to suggestions for future lessons. Please let me know what you would like to learn and I will do my best to feed you with information. If there is any interest out there for tips on working with Photoshop, I’d be more than happy to extend these lessons to that area. Just post a comment here or email me with your ideas!

  • Rachel H. - I just saw your blog on Hannah’s and had to come check it out. I love photography–but really I am beginner still learning. I love the idea of little lessons. I was wondering if you work in the full version of Photoshop, or if you are an elements girl…and if you do any other Adobe programs…like Lightroom in specific?

    Would love to chat about this if you get a few minutes. my email is

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