DPS Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White

This week’s DPS Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White Techniques is really a great challenge.  Black and white photography can be so stunning.

This week’s challenge is to try out different black and white techniques. Try any or all of the following:

  • Shoot in b/w mode
  • High contrast lighting
  • Convert to b/w in Lightroom
  • Convert to b/w using Photoshop
  • Try out a black and white plugin
  • Try out some sepia tone or split toning
  • Do a b/w portrait, landscape, macro, night shots, street photography, or flowers
  • Try a b/w silhouette

I would love to try them all out in the weeks to come.  For the moment, I have decided to capture the image below with my iPhone 6+ using the ProCamera app and back lighting on purpose since I knew I wanted to change this to black and white using Lightroom.

Here’s the original…


And here’s the cropped version using Lightroom B&W Filter Presets – Infrared (as-is):


Here it is with some adjustments to the infrared preset to make it a bit more “artistic”:


It’s not a “wow” photo but this is just to show you an example of what can be done.  Stretch out your creative legs and eye and go capture some great black and white moments.  Upload your examples to the DPS Challenge.  Have fun!

Here is the image I submitted to the challenge:

Canon EOS 7D; Lens: EF50mm, f/1.2L ISO 400, 1/60, f/1.4 – LIghtroom B&W Toned Presets, Antique

Here are some samples from the DPS article:

To learn more about Black and White Photography, DPS has some wonderful articles: