Ring heart shadows: how to make fine art photos you’ll love

Ring heart shadows: how to make fine art photos you'll love

Convert your heart shadow still life to black & white

Taking the colour out of a shot will add the fine art feel that you’re looking for

Convert your heart shadow still lives to black & white: step 1

1 Exposure
We used Adobe Camera Raw, but any photo editing software will do if you didn’t shoot raw format files. First open the image and make exposure adjustments to get the best overall exposure. Pay attention to the white balance and give the image a warm feel by increasing the colour temperature.

 

Convert your heart shadow still lives to black & white: step 2

2 Greyscale
Click the HSL/Greyscale tab and click the Convert to Greyscale checkbox to convert the image to mono. In the Greyscale Mix tab, click on Default to return the sliders to the centre so there’s no adverse effects of colour cast.

 

Convert your heart shadow still lives to black & white: step 3

3 Mix it up
Click each of the small triangles at the top of the Histogram box to show shadow and highlight clipping. Now adjust the Greyscale Mix sliders to clip the shadows (pixels turn blue) but avoid clipping highlights.

PAGE 1: How to set up and light your ring heart shadow still life
PAGE 2: Convert your heart shadow still life to black & white for a timeless effect

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