On this Adorama video, Mark Wallace takes a look at the zones of light method in order to convert color photographs to stunning, high contrast, black and white images.
On the video, Wallace explains his abbreviated version of Ansel Adam’s Zone System. He uses five exposure zones and demonstrates how to manipulate them using Lightroom 5. He starts with the midtones, sets black and white points, adjusts the shadows and highlights and finally makes “color” adjustments to get the most out of the contrast of the image.
Below you can see an older video by Wallace looking at the effects of color on B&W images.
How Color Influences B&W Photography
We have covered many other techniques for converting color images to Black and white as well as retouching B&W images in Photoshop – you can find all of the on our Black and White section here on LensVid.