ON1 Short Clip — Powerful Black & White Photos

In this Short Clip, I’ll show you how to transform a photo into a power black and white photo using ON1 Photo RAW. I’ll also explain the key differences between the Black & White adjustment panel in Develop vs. the Black & White filter in Effects.

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9 comments on “ON1 Short Clip — Powerful Black & White Photos”

  1. On April 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm marc labro wrote:

    hallo Scott, i really enjoyed that architecture black and white retouching tutorial !
    Very interesting to see how you manage the dynamic contrast and gradient tools
    in this kind of photography.
    It is a different approach than the bw landscape retouching we often see

    best regards
    marc

  2. On April 23, 2017 at 7:01 am Dan Milligan wrote:

    HI Scott… really enjoy your photo tips, especially this on on B&W conversion. You mentioned early in the video that you had already done some basic adjustments in Develop before heading to Effects. Do you find you have to usually do much to your basic RAW photos in Develop before moving to Effects.
    In this case here what would you have done in Develop to this photo before you began the Effects edits you show here?… and would this be your normal workflow to architectural shots before B&W conversion?

    1. On April 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Dan,
      I usually do basic, global adjustments in Develop. It’s certainly not required, since both Develop and Effects are completely non-destructive. I start in Develop because the Tone & Color panel has all the fundamental adjustments (exposure, highlights & shadows, temperature) that I typically tweak for each photo. So Develop first, then Effects is my typical workflow, irrespective of the photo genre or color v. black & white. Again, that’s what works for me.

      For this particular photo, I made minor adjustments in Develop. Very small changes to Exposure, Highlights, Shadows and Whites. I deepened Blacks a healthier amount and increased Contrast as well. I also used the Transform tool and nudged the Curves slider up to counter some distortion in the original RAW. I have not noted the values because each photo is different. The numbers will vary from photo to photo. The values don’t matter. The look of the photo does.

      Hope this helps,
      -Scott

  3. On April 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm Gretchen duFresne wrote:

    Great to see more editing tutorials that are outside of landscape and portraiture!
    Your tutorials are informative both in terms of using your own creative process and the ways you can and can not use the program to achieve this.
    I also appreciate the speed at which you share your knowledge, there is time to see what you are doing technically and what is happening aesthetically.
    Thanks

    1. On April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Gretchen. Thank you for the feedback on the pacing of the video. I’m glad to know I’m striking a good balance there.

      Also, my own “apologies” for the landscapes… I know I’m guilty of being very biased toward landscapes. Then again, I’m not really “sorry” … you gotta photograph what you love :-)

  4. On April 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm Valerie Ewing wrote:

    This was a fantastic tutorial. I was able to follow along and add some of my own touches to a quasi architectural and nature combo shot.
    The result left me breathless.

    Thanks for the great tips!

  5. On August 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm Kevin Pinkerton wrote:

    Excellent! I am playing with infrared B&W right now, and I had not yet played with the local adjustment w/masks. I will be now. Thanks again.

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