Black and White, contd.
Many thanks to all those who offered advice on B&W conversions.
I don’t use Lightroom. I’m unlikely to start using Lightroom, for a host of reasons which I’ve already articulated.
I like the B&W conversion layer approach. Even better, I like the idea of adding a whole bunch of B&W conversion layers to the image, and then editing the masks to get one conversion in one area and a different one in a different area. It’s like making VC prints and adjusting the contrast all over the print, something I did a lot in the wet darkroom.
Going back to editing images as B&W after a long period doing nothing but color is an illuminating experience. We do not ‘read’ images in B&W in even vaguely the same way we do color images, or at least concepts like contrast and tone take on different roles in color and B&W. I’m even more impressed than I used to be at folks who work with one foot in each world.