Fast black and white fixes for indoor portraits

Make photos of family and friends stand out with this quick black and white guide

You may think that capturing stunning mono portraits requires expensive studio time, but that’s not the case. All you need is a window, a cheap reflector and a few quick steps in Photoshop…

1. Convert to mono

To get a punchy portrait, convert your image to black and white by going to Image>Adjustments>Black & White.

2. Add a filter

In the Black & White Presets menu, select the Red filter to give the image a soft glow and then readjust the Levels to darken the shot.

3. Clean-up

Use the Burn tool to darken areas of the background that may be distracting. For example, we darkened the curtains here.

4. Enhance eyes

Select a small brush and use the Dodge tool to subtley lighten the whites of the eyes, giving them clarity and making them stand out.