Although your fashion photographs might look great in color, there is always something great which you can achieve when you convert them into black and white. This gives them a vintage mood and crisp contrast and you can achieve the best results using B&W Presets. To begin with, the “Runway Fashion Workflow’ allows you to work on both raw images and JPEG photos to recreate the runway lighting effects thus bringing out the perfect skin tones and cinematic settings for successful fashion photo editing. Fusing the B&W presets with the ‘Runaway Fashion Workflow” makes it possible for you to perform vivid adjustments within a few seconds. The process is simple but the results are admirably incredible when done right.
Before going into details on how you can work with ‘Runaway Fashion Workflow” for Lightroom using B&W presets, it is important to understand a few things. First, there are numerous presets under the B&W and these include Amber Sepia, Classic, Black Vintage, Maximum Tones, Deep Blacks, Old Fashion, Morning Coffee, Space Gray and Sepia. You can choose the preset that best works for you based on your needs and the results you wish to obtain. With this in mind, let’s look at the simple process of converting your photography into amazing black and whites.
The first thing is to have the photo or photos you intend to use pulled up. Once this is done, you will need to do a few presets before that. This is because the presets are stackable, which means that you can put one preset first and then put another one on top of it without the second one canceling out the work you had done on the first one.
The first preset to use will be the basic correction auto-lens correct. That basically depends on the lens you used because sometimes the correction will be minimal but other times it will be bigger. You will therefore need to determine the extent of your correction based on the lens you used to shoot the photographs. Once you use the auto-lens correction preset, you will then move on to the Sharpening Preset. With this preset, just choose the “Smart Sharpening” option to deal with the light. Remember that the sharpness of your photos will largely be determined by a number of factors and light is one of them.
For the black and white preset, you can choose to use the “old fashioned” option. As shown in the video above, you can get this by scrolling down to where you find a host of black and white presets. The old fashioned preset will add a lot of clarity and contrast thus giving your image an edgy look. You can just adjust it using the tabs, even though the black and white presets are “one-click”. This will help you change the clarity and contrast the way you want.
Once you are done with this preset, just go to the “Veneer Presets’ and add a light black veneer to that. But even though you will be using the white/black veneer which is the smallest of the light medium dark as seen in the image we are working on, you can go to “Effects” and look for something that is ‘high priority’ and slide up or down to make the image lighter or darker based on how it looks to you.
The next thing you will have to do as part of the process is to use a brush. To do this, just choose your ‘Runway Fashion Workflow” purchase and go down to the ‘fixed over-expose” and use the brush on the models face because she has a lot of light hanging over her face and the highlight is slightly over exposed. By now, you should be able to look at the pictures side-by-side and see the changes that have already taken place. You will notice that the initial picture is evenly exposed but on the right, we have created a picture that has a lot of contrast and just a little bit of flare which makes it a nice photograph in case you need to use it for an advertisement.
You can also turn a studio photograph into a black and white photo as well. To do this, you will need to start by going to the “Runway Fashion Workflow –Basic Correction- auto lens correction” which is basically able to correct any lens’ distortions from whichever lens was used to shoot the photograph.
Again, you will be using your “Runway Fashion – Smart Contrast – medium” and then go down to your black and white preset now. Choose black and white maximum tone and stuck a “Matte Effect – Matte light” on top to add a little bit of tone to the background and to the shadows.
As you can see, the models eye-color and eyes appear a little bit dark and this normally happens when using B&W presets. You can adjust a little bit by using the brush. Open the ‘brush’ and select the “Runway Fashion – Face – Brighten Eyes” and use it over the model’s eyes to minimize the dark tones. Then choose a new brush, “Runway Fashion – Face – Soften Skin” to soften the skin a little bit.
As is the case, you can choose to the ‘one-click’ at it with the preset, you can still go to the tabs on your right and adjust them. To do this, you will go to the “Basic” and increase both the contrast and highlights a little bit. With that done, put the two photos next to each other and you will realize that even though the ‘after photo’ is not colored, it still has a classic edge and is also a good product if you want to use it for your advertising purposes.
With this photo, we will be looking at something that is not exactly black and white but falls under the same category. We will be looking at a “CPA tone – B & W photo”. CPA used to be a kind of chemical that was used to dye photos.
The process is just the same as the others above and you will need to start with the ‘auto-lens correction” before going to ‘Smart Sharpening – Light’. Then choose “B&W – Sepia” preset and this will add a brown tan to your photo. You can also use “Amber Sepia” preset but this will add a little bit more of a brown tan to the photo. Then go to the ‘Runway Fashion – Vignette Effect –Black Vignette’ to darken the edges and add some contrast. Once this is done, go to “Basic” at the right side of the screen and lower the highlights while increasing the exposure and reducing the contrast and shadows a little bit.
This is basically how you use B&W presets with “Runaway Fashion Workflow” and you too can try it on your photos. It is that easy and effective.