Start the process with a stunning color image.
Black and white can add drama, mood, and so much more to a simple subject. But you don’t need a fancy, vintage camera to capture a beautiful black-and-white image. While color photography is the standard default for modern cameras and phones, with Lightroom you can convert your image into grayscale and then edit to perfection. Make sure to start with a high-quality original image with strong composition, good exposure, and distinct midtones and highlights.
When converting your image to black and white with Lightroom, remember that all edits you make are nondestructive and completely reversible. If you want to go back and edit a photo a year from now, all the changes you make today can be undone, redone, or tweaked. So you can experiment with different ways to convert your images into black and white without fear of losing your original images.
Three ways to create black-and-white images.
1. Go monochrome in a click.
A simple way to convert your image into grayscale is using the B&W button and B&W Mix controls in the Lightroom panel. In one click, you can transform a photo into grayscale. But this click doesn’t just desaturate your image. It also brightens the warm tones, darkens the cooler tones, and increases the contrast of your image. These subtle changes keep your image from feeling flat. Consider a landscape photo you’re converting into black and white. The blues of the sky will look darker and more dramatic, while the light colors of the flowers will be brighter.