The Digital Photo Guy

Black & White in Lightroom

by on Aug.07, 2011, under gear, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

Lightroom Makes BW So-o-o Easy


OK, I admit it, I’m a little slow at times. My friend, Rob Sheppard, suggested a BW webinar a while ago but I couldn’t get enthused due to previous (bad) attempts at BW. I just didn’t want to spend any time learning. Well, I should know better because Rob is Editor-at-Large for Outdoor Photographer, one of the oldest photography magazines. He had suggested using Lightroom and I was still in the process of learning LR and didn’t want to take on anymore at the time.

Recently, feeling somewhat competent with LR, I turned my attention to BW in LR. Wow! It’s much better than the clumsy BW tools I’d been using. Granted, it’s been 45 years since I tried my hand at BW so my eye isn’t as well tuned to the nuances of BW as I’d like. Still, I really like some of my first attempts. LR makes it so easy to unscrew an adjustment if I screw it up.

Adding icing to my new found interest in BW, the Epson 3880 I bought a few months ago prints beautiful BW. It has three shades of black so the tones are as smooth as a newborn baby’s butt.

If there’s enough interest, I may fire up the BW Webinar idea again with Rob Sheppard. Let me know via the comments section.

Canon T3i and Wireless Flash

 Last week, I conducted a Flash in a Flash Workshop at Deer Park Winery. The student was using a brand new Canon T3i that I had recommended when she upgraded from an Olympus E500. I was impressed just reading the specs on the T3i but I was even more impressed when I actually got to use it. The T3i compares very favorably with my Canon 7D except in a few areas that probably won’t matter to most hobbyists.

Best of all, the T3i has wireless flash, just like the 7D. If you’re wndering, “What’s the big deal with wireless flash,” you’re in for a treat. How would you like to position your flash off camera without nasty, messy cables? How would you like true, honest-to-goodness E-TTL in a two, three, four or more flash setup?

If you have or are thinking of buying a Canon T3i, contact me for my Flash in a Flash Workshop. It will make your flash photos jump right off the page.

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9 Comments for this entry

  • Paul Chevalier

    It would be great to see a B&W Webinar


  • Dick

    Thanks for the link. I researched earlier and for the reasons that you point out I don’t think I’d be happy with the T3i…………. so I’ll sell a few more birds and spend the big bucks :~)

  • Dick

    Hi Lee, B&W might fun to mess with so I’d be up for a webinar as well. Haven’t bought the 7D yet, might take a look at the T3i.

    • Lee

      Thanks Dick,
      The minor features missing from the T3i might be an issue for bird photography. First, burst rate is 3.7 FPS (frames per second,) considerably slower than 8FPS on the 7D. Second, the AF system is the older 9 point system, not the newer 19 point system in the 7D. On a positive note, the T3i has a one megapixel articulated LCD for those low-to-the-ground or high-overhead shots. You can see a feature-by-feature comparison HERE.

  • Marie

    I would be interested in the B&W webinar!

  • Deena

    I would be excited about a B&W webinar for Lightroom. I love using Lightroom.

    • Lee

      Hi Deena,
      You’re quite the webinar aficionado. I wish more people were as comfortable with webinars as you. I think the difference is that you’re able to “get it” and advance on your own but most people just want someone to “hold their hands.” I’ll see what I can do to schedule a Lightroom B&W webinar with Rob Sheppard. I have to schedule things in advance to fit his schedule.


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