Hey there, friends and happy Tuesday! Today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet. I used this editing tip during my B&W film class days back in college and it helped me to get a better handle on my colors & temperatures — and now, it helps me with my color + B&W digital work!
I have a blank Word document saved on my desktop that I pull up when I’m editing on Lightroom or Photoshop. Whenever I feel like the colors are looking off, I open the document and drag it over next to the bride. This helps me see if the dress is looking like it’s a color other than pure white (or blush, ivory, etc.). When the sliders are a little off, the dress can start to look yellow, blue/gray, magenta, or green. It’s almost always a very slight adjustment, and moving the sliders up or down literally a couple of notches makes all of the difference.
As far as black and whites go, I was taught that a black and white has to have the blackest black, the whitest white, and every gray scale tone in between — obviously editing is a personal preference, but approaching B&W’s this way stuck with me and turned into my style! Sometimes my B&W’s would end up looking muddy because all of my tones were landing in the gray zone area and didn’t have pure white or black. In other words, they were lacking contrast! Pulling up a white document and pulling it over to a B&W image that I’m editing has helped SO much in pulling me out of the muddy gray zone and finding the pure colors. Hope this helps 🙂