My Photography: What Happens when Editing Color Photography in Black and White

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If you have done post-processing photography for a while on color and black and white. You should realize there will be a different way you did that. Whether on step by step, concept, or idea you have. Because of that even if you edited the same photo on those formats, it will look totally different. Now, what if your whole concept of black and white photography post-processing is implemented on a color photo. What happens when editing color photography in black and white?


If you look at Adobe Lightroom right panel, on the Basic box, you can see there are two options of treatment, Color, and Black & White. Just as it sounds click Color, you process photo on color format; and click Black & White, your photo automatically converted into black & white format and you can start your adjustment from there.

What I’m talking about here is what happens after I finish my editing in Black & White and just click that treatment option back to Color. I don’t know who has done it. But its what exactly what I did with many of my color photography.

So check out some of the photos that I did:

Why would I do this?

The first reason is that I’m curious. That’s it. I just saw the option and I just click it. And what I see is pretty great for me.

Second I learn how I do my post-processing better. I can see how differently I edit the same photo in two different formats. For me, it seems I prefer lower exposure and contrast in black & white format; and I prefer bright saturation color in color format.


I can see this random and weird method (for me at least), let me say, did a pretty good job. And I’m curious is it the same with other photographers. So if you have Adobe Lightroom, why don’t you try the same thing and check out how it works.

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