Black and white photo effects: how Camera Raw can make pro-quality mono

Black and white photo effects: how the Camera Raw Basic tab can make pro-quality mono

Custom black and white photo effects for coastal shots

 

Our image as it originally appeared

Coastal scenes typically comprise green/blue sea, blue sky and some yellow/brown foreground, be it beach or pebble, so the sliders we want to focus on are Greens, Aquas, Blues, Oranges and Yellows.

For a dark, dramatic sky, we opted to set Blues at -100. Setting Yellows to -100 here darkens the pebbles and also restores a bit more detail in the waves.

Setting Oranges to -40 darkens the beach further, increasing the tonal separation between beach, waves and sky, and setting Aquas to +85 lightens the more distant water.

Custom black and white photo effects for coastal shots

You can optionally increase Clarity to enhance the midtone contrast.

PAGE 1: Using the Camera Raw basic tab
PAGE 2: Custom black and white photo effects for portraits
PAGE 3: Custom black and white photo effects for landscapes
PAGE 4: Custom black and white photo effects for coastal shots
PAGE 5: Common questions about black and white photo effects in Adobe Camera Raw

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