Composing without colors is difficult but rewarding. Monochrome compositions are organized around geometric features, patterns, textures, and contrast. You can take pictures directly in black and white or make your photos black and white using an image editor.
Converting a picture to black and white increases the contrast and adds drama. Without colors, other elements become more visible. Edges, textures, vertical lines, and shapes become more important and have increased visual weight. Some say that black and white photos are better at conveying powerful moods like fear, sadness, love, and joy.
Using a black and white photo editor for editing wedding pictures is already common practice. They add a romantic atmosphere and transform a dull image into an unforgettable memory.
Focus on geometry
Black and white photos are frequently used in architectural photography. Without colors, the focus is on geometric features. Black and white photos enhance edges and lines, highlight patterns, and add a gritty atmosphere to urban landscapes.
How to make a photo black and white in Luminar
Luminar has a Classic B&W Look in the Essential category that gives you a predefined set of parameters to work with. You can adjust the exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, brightness, and saturation.
Colored Glass Filters
Luminar goes even further and simulates the colored glass filters used on camera lenses. With six Color Filters (neutral, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue), you can brighten a specific color and darken the opposite color on the color spectrum.
Black and white presets
Luminar has a long list of predefined Looks grouped by categories. In each category, you can find at least one Look dedicated to black and white conversion. You’ll find B&W Matte Portrait in the Portrait category, 60s B&W in the Street category, and Analog Look in the Dramatic category.
You can also apply any other Look and give your image a vintage, dramatic, or romantic style. Your artistic vision can become reality with the Luminar black and white photo editor.