Mastering Lightroom Book Three: Black & White

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Special offer: Enter the code may2 at checkout to receive a discount of £2 off any ebook or ebook bundle. The offer expires at midnight, May 31, 2014 GMT.

My latest ebook is released today.

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White is the third in a series of five ebooks about Lightroom and is written for everybody who enjoys black and white photography. It explains how to use Lightroom’s advanced features to convert your colour photos to stunning black and white images. It’s a complete guide that starts on the basis that strong black and white images begin with the photographer’s eye. You need to learn to see in black in white first. Once you understand what black and white photography is all about, and why it’s such a beautiful medium for creative self-expression, you can use the full potential of Lightroom to create powerful monochrome conversions.

The second part of the ebook shows you how to use plug-ins to extend Lightroom’s capabilities. It takes an in-depth look at Silver Efex Pro, Perfect Black & White, Exposure 5, DxO FilmPack 4 and Black & White Effects, explaining the most interesting features of each one. Finally, there are three full examples of images converted to black and white in Lightroom, so you can see how I converted each one to black and white from start to finish. This ebook builds on the lessons learnt in Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module and Mastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop Module, teaching you how to create powerful black and white images that you will treasure forever.

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White is written for you:

  • It explains how to use Lightroom to convert photos to black and white in simple language anyone can understand.
  • It’s easy to read. The pages are laid out and beautifully illustrated, making it easier for you to learn.
  • It has depth and will become an invaluable reference guide as you learn to use Lightroom to create beautiful black and white images.
  • It is practical and shows you how to marry technique with creativity to make the most out of your Raw files. You will learn to see in black and white as well as convert photos to monochrome.
  • It covers both Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5, including all the latest features.

 

Mastering Lightroom Book Three Black & White spreads

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What you will learn

  • How to see in black and white, and why tonal contrast and texture are so important when you are working in monochrome.
  • How to use monochrome mode on your camera to help you see in black and white.
  • How to use Virtual Copies and Snapshots to make processing easier.
  • How to use the Basic panel and B&W panel to convert your photo to black and white and make global adjustments to create extraordinary tones and textures.
  • Why Contrast and Clarity are so essential for creating strong black and white images.
  • How to make local adjustments using the Radial and Graduated filters.
  • How to use the Adjustment Brush to dodge, burn and adjust local contrast, lifting your black and white photos from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
  • How to use Auto Mask, and when not to use it.
  • How to apply finishing touches such as split toning and adding grain.
  • How to use Develop Presets to assist with creating black and white images. Includes an in-depth look at Develop Presets purchased from Pretty Presets.
  • How to work with plug-ins and incorporate them into your Lightroom workflow.
  • How to use the Silver Efex Pro, Exposure 5, Perfect Black & White, B&W Effects and DxO FilmPack 4 plug-ins to create beautiful black and white images. You’ll learn how these plug-ins differ from Lightroom, in what ways they are better and where you can download trial versions.
  • Three case studies are provided, showing you the process of converting a colour image to black and white from start to finish. This is where all the lessons learnt so far come together to show you how to create amazing monochrome images.

 

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Special offer

Yes, there’s a special offer. Just enter the code may2 at checkout to receive a discount of £2 off your purchase. It applies to all the ebooks and ebook bundles sold on this website (click here to see the Lightroom ebook bundles). The offer expires at midnight, May 31, 2014 GMT.

Photo gallery

Here are some spreads from Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White:

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White ebook spreads

 

 

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