I spend a fair bit of time thinking about color. While I can’t say that I was considering making this image into a black and white when I shot it, oftentimes original photo files that have quite a pop or contrast of color before they’ve even been edited, make nice black and whites.
The original image is an example of that:
I did create a color version of this image, but I was only somewhat satisfied with it. I thought maybe a black and white would work so I made a version with that treatment as well. I liked it but I guess I was still thinking about color. I decided my next step was going to be trying split toning. Because split toning changes the color tones of the image, it is most often used in editing color images. It’s a really powerful tool, and can have some nice applications in black and white as well.
But first here is a screenshot of the image without split toning:
Luminar AI calls this edit “toning”. Split toning is the way I’ve always seen it referred to in other software, and I think is a more accurate label. What I have done here is made the color tones in the highlights warmer and the shadows cooler, hence the idea of “split”. In the edit below, the highlight slider is moved towards yellow and the shadows toward blue.
I’ll be honest, I like both the toning edit and the one without it. The one with toning definitely has a warmer feel to it, so I think which you prefer might have a lot to do with how you feel about that particular element. Feel free to leave a comment or question below.
Added to Lens-Arts, From Forgettable to Favourite.
What’s in my bag these days:
The bodies: Canon 50D and Canon 80D. A working film camera, it is a Canonete 28, that belonged to my great-uncle and has been passed on to me.
The lenses: 50mm 1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 11-22mm f/3.5-3.5 IS, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS.
What I’ve learned along the way is that if you don’t get to know the gear you have, you won’t be able to create the best possible photo. I’m a firm believer in trying out a new camera body before you purchase it. Does it feel comfortable in your hands, are the buttons and menus set in ways that make sense to you? If there is something not quite right here for you personally, look at other options.
Since we are not travelling or getting out a whole lot right now, I have taken to switching out my lenses on my 80D and taking it on my walks around the neighbourhood. I’m doing this to stay familiar with the camera body and the lenses, how they work best, what sort of thing each lens is best for. My Canon 50D is mostly retired now. It has some sensor issues, so I keep it as a back-up. The film camera is something that I use the least. I am still working on when I would like to use it and the ways in which it works best.
Just for fun, here is my gear shot in the app Hipstamatic:
Added to Lens Artists, My Photography Journey.
This original file was taken in the summer of 2018:
If you think it might look familar, this is Haddon Hall, or Prince Humperdinck’s Castle as I prefer to call it. It was used in the filming of The Princess Bride but is also a beautiful English country house in Derbyshire that we were able to walk through.
For my edit, the first two things I did were a crop and then I erased the people out. A Luminar template has been applied:
Yes, but you might then ask, which one? Good question. I’m not completely sure. I saved a full-sized version of this image but when I went back and created another version it lost the full history, and it now only shows the most recent history. I had noticed that the history feature of this version of Luminar didn’t seem particularly robust, but this just kind of proves that. If I really want to track what edits I am doing, I am going to have to figure out a different way of doing it. I can do that and probably will. But it is a bit annoying.
As you can see though, the edits I applied made the file brighter and increased the overall detail. This post is part of my Made with Luminar Series. I have not been posting to this series lately because Luminar produced a new version of their software and I am working on learning how it works. Now that I have had a bit of time to work with it I am reintroducing this series to my blog.
The Made with Luminar Series
This image is part of a project I call Made with Luminar. What the images in this series have in common is the software used to edit them, Luminar AI. As with my usual blog posts particulars of the camera settings can be found in the caption below the image. I’ll then explain what other filters and edits have been applied, often mentioning the order that they were applied. The text of these posts includes any Luminar “Templates” that have been applied to the photo. Each template is a series of presets that are applied to the photo. Where applicable I will mention what changes I have made to any of the templates. A full explanation of templates is available here on their website, https://manual.skylum.com/ai/en/topic/working-with-templates You can assume basic edits have been applied. My most common edits are cropping, detail enhancement, and vignette. Specific questions or thoughts on the image are welcome in the comment section below.
Added to CMMC, I went with old building.
I have been looking through some photo files, and I came across this one, shot along the Normandy Coastline. I’ve edited it before, but I was creating black and white images and thought this one might work. I don’t often look to edit landscape images in black and white, but in this case I think it worked. Your thoughts are welcome in the comments below.
Created with CBWC, In or On Water in mind.
I am going through my archives for a current project and I came across this photo. I’ve added it to CMMC, Pink and Flower of the Day. I had a bit of a chuckle because when I saw that one of my challenges had the topic of pink, I had kind of written it off. I’m not a huge fan of the color, so I don’t go out of my way to photograph it. Apparently, it’s not a total ban though.
This image has had some minor edits in Luminar AI, but the reason I took it in the first place was the play of light and shadows in the scene, so I’ve let that stand.