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Jan
3

How to Split Tone Black and White Photos in Lightroom

Filed Under Black & White, Digital Photography School, Post Production Tips

Split toning in Lightroom

Toning originated as a darkroom process designed to extend the longevity of black and white prints. Photographers did so using chemical toners such as sepia, selenium and gold. Toners work by removing silver from the print and replacing it with another element with a longer life span.

A side effect of toning is that it adds colour. Sepia toned prints range from light yellow to deep brown, selenium is a subtle blue or purple, and gold anything from blue to deep red (if applied to a photo that has already been sepia toned). For many photographers the colours were just as important as the archival benefits because of the emotional values they added to the monochrome print.

Another, more unfortunate side effect of darkroom toning is that many of the chemicals are hazardous. Luckily, in the digital age, there is no need to use them. Toning is much quicker, and you can create any colour tone you like, using Lightroom’s Split Toning panel.

Furthermore you can use Virtual Copies to create several different versions of the same image, each with a different tone. It makes experimenting easy, and you can compare them afterwards to see which you prefer. You can even turn your favourite toning effects into Develop Presets so you can use them again whenever you want.

Emotional value of toning

Before we start, let’s look why you would tone a black and white photo. With digital, there is no need to tone for archival purposes, that leaves two reasons. The first is simply because you want to add some colour. Toning is a good way to do that and can really lift your images. The second reason is to add emotional value to the photo. For example, sepia toning both flatters the model and adds a sense of nostalgia and warmth. Blue toning, on the other hand, adds a cold feel.

Split toning in Lightroom

These four photos are processed identically apart from the toning treatment. The colour makes a huge difference to the appearance and emotional impact of each image.

It should be noted at this point that not all black and white photos take well to toning. The best images to use are those with lots of dark tones (plus some highlights for contrast – my article about tonal contrast goes into this more). Black and white photos with lots of light tones don’t seem to tone as well as those with lots of shadows.

How to use the Split Toning panel

Split toning in Lightroom

The Split Toning panel

The Split Toning panel is simple to use. The first pair of Hue and Saturation sliders sets the colour that is applied to the photo’s highlights. The second pair sets the colour that is applied to the shadows. The Balance slider is used to give precedence to either the highlight or the shadow colour.

If you hold the Alt key down while moving the Hue slider, Lightroom displays the Hue at 100% saturation, helping you judge the colour accurately.

Here are some examples. Most black and white split toning combinations are a variation of the following.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 0/Saturation 0 | Shadows: Hue 0/Saturation 0

Untoned black and white image.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 0/Saturation 0 | Shadows: Hue 45/Saturation 13

 Sepia tone applied to shadows only, leaving highlights unchanged.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 46/Saturation 17 | Shadows: Hue 45/Saturation 15

 Sepia tone applied to shadows and highlights.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 0/Saturation 0 | Shadows: Hue 234/Saturation 26

 Blue tone applied to shadows only, leaving highlights unchanged.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 39/Saturation 30 | Shadows: Hue 234/Saturation 26

Blue tone applied to shadows, sepia tone applied to highlights. This is the classic split tone look. Split toning like this helps create a sense of depth. Basic colour theory tells us that warm colours appear to be closer to the viewer and that cool colours recede. Applying a cool tone to the shadows and a warm one to the highlights helps reinforces a similar sense of depth created by the effective use of tonal contrast.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 0/Saturation 47 | Shadows: Hue 234/Saturation 31

Blue tone applied to shadows, copper tone applied to highlights. This imitates the blue and copper split tone effect that was possible to achieve in the chemical darkroom.

Split toning in Lightroom

Highlights: Hue 47/Saturation 52 | Shadows: Hue 36/Saturation 23

Sepia tone applied to shadows, gold tone applied to highlights. This imitates the sepia and gold split tone effect it was also possible to achieve in the chemical darkroom.

Those combinations should be enough to get you going, and of course you can experiment as much as you like with the sliders in the Split Toning panel to see what you can achieve.

Please share some of your split toning creations in the comments below.


Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White

Masterlng Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White by Andrew S GibsonMy ebook Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White goes into the topic of black and white in depth. It explains everything you need to know to make dramatic and beautiful monochrome conversions in Lightroom, including how to use the most popular black and white plug-ins. Click the link to visit my website and learn more.

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Mar
6

tfttf628 – Black and Whitebalance

Filed Under Black & White, Digital Photography Tips

Show description: Chris plays catch-up with his friend CC Chapman, Tom wants to know what the dead sea has done to his colors, Rich has an interesting question about WB when shooting black-and-white and Denis from Montreal has an interesting … Continue reading

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Apr
9

Time

Filed Under Black & White, Nicki Exhibition, People



Last week I start shooting with my Dads old Exa 1b - the ultimate analog weapon made in GDR 30 years ago. Its a great feeling shooting 100 percent manual ... Folks, such a old camera makes the time standing still for a while, I took 12 pictures in 2 hours :). I'm still waiting for the negatives - thats why I show you another capture taken in 2009 - a pearl which finally finds its place here.

EXIFS:
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Focal: 85 mm
Aperture: F/1.8
Exposure: 1/800s
ExposureBias: 0.0 EV
Sensitivity: Iso 100


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Apr
3

Alma

Filed Under Black & White, Nicki Exhibition, People



» This is a collection of 5 pictures, click on the thumbnails to see all

After moving from Mynicki to Fatamanta some of my favorites pictures got lost, they still "sleep" and wait for a reincarnation. This post is the first one and I hope you like this way of showing some fine moments as set. Last week I got some Emails asking for Mynicki ... thanks a lot for your mentions, they pushed me. This step was/is so important for myself - I'm stranded here for something new and it feels good.

GEAR: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 50mm F/1.4, Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 L


Fatamanta Photography
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Mar
28

Grown From The Ashes

Filed Under Black & White, Nicki Exhibition, People



Hello, this is Fatamanta! Actually known as the Nicki Photoblog a lot has changed. My point of view (photography) and the evolution of myself arranged this bold move. Of course, the man and the doggy behind the scenes are the same as always, but photography take up more space from just now. I was looking for something new and Fatamanta is the fine result. I hope you stay by my side ... that you will have a break here from time to time to view some moments that stops for a little while - to see my point of view. ... Matthew

EXIFS:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal: 50 mm
Aperture: F/2.5
Exposure: 1/200s
Sensitivity: Iso 800


Fatamanta Photography
Emotive, Experimental, Urbex and Fine-art ... based in Dresden/Germany
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Jan
2

Ruegen-Island / One To One With Mom

Filed Under Black & White, Nicki Exhibition, Outdoor, People



English: Mom's christmas gift was a analog body. She love to shot for getting real-photos and no digital stuff. I used the chance and she got a one to one training: How to shot with DOF, change the point of view and perspective and how to compose a motive? We both spend more time lying on the ground instead walking like the other passers :). It was so funny and she becomes better and better. Later she told me: "Son, I would also like to have such a white and red dashed lens." Mom?! ...

German: Mama's Weihnachtsgeschenk ist eine neue analoge Kamera. Sie liebt es zu fotografieren um dann "echte" Bilder anstatt digitale Daten in den Händen zu halten. Ich nutze die Gelegenheit für eine kleine Fotoschule, ganz gemütlich zu zweit: Wie lässt sich Tiefenschärfe einsetzen, einfach mal die Perspektive oder den Standpunkt wechseln und wie komponiere ich ein Motiv? Wir beide verbrachten mehr Zeit liegend im kalten Sand, anstatt wie die anderen Passanten zu spazieren. Es war lustig und sie wurde immer besser und "mutiger". Später sagte sie mir: "Sohn, ich möchte auch gern so ein weisses Objektiv mit rotem Ring besitzen." Mama?! ...

» Original shoot attached

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm F/4 L IS
Focal: 135 mm
Aperture: F/4
Exposure: 1/640s
ExposureBias: 0.7 EV
Sensitivity: Iso 400
Cropped: minor rotate

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Dec
29

My favorite shots in 2010

Filed Under animals, Black & White, Landscape, Nicki Exhibition, People



English: 2010 is done and my last post this year is a small review of a exciting year. Photography makes me smile, makes me relaxing and gives me so much energy and creativity. I wish that more time would have been – but photography is still a passion and not a job. Anyway, I like to thank you for your visits, feedback and incentives. I’m so curious what happens in 2011: A new theme for this blog reached the beta-state, I’m not sure of Leicas M9 ;) and I refer a new apartment. Last but not least, here are some of my favorite shots in 2010. Do you have any favorites? I’m so interested in! All the best for the new year! See you … Cheers and Regards from Dresden/Germany ^Nicki^

» This is a collection of 13 pictures, click on the image to see all.




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Nov
27

Uncle And(1)i

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English: This is one of these shots which waits for long to find a place here. I love browsing the archive in long dark nights like this one and discovering some pearls and finaly process them. Good night - have a really nice weekend! Tomorrow I'm looking forward to build a snowman :).

German: Das ist wieder eine dieser Aufnahmen die lang darauf gewartet hat, hier ihren Platz zu finden. Ich mag es einfach in langen kalten Nächten im Archiv zu stöbern, kleine Perlen zu entdecken und diese zu entwickeln. Gute Nacht - ich wünsche Euch ein wundertolles Wochenende! Morgen, so hoffe ich, baue ich einen Schneemann :)!

» Original shoot attached

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F/1.4
Aperture: F/2
Exposure: 1/640s
ExposureBias: 0.3 EV
Sensitivity: Iso 100
Cropped: minor rotation

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Oct
28

Look back …

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» Original shoot attached

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm F/4 L IS
Focal: 173 mm
Aperture: F/4
Exposure: 1/100s
ExposureBias: 0.0 EV
Sensitivity: Iso 100
Cropped: 30 percent to 1x1

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Oct
19

Tilo #2

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English: Tilo is my secret superstar here :). You just see him earlier, I took this shot at the same time like this one. I hope you like the transformation to b/w also.

German: Tilo scheint dann wohl doch der geheimste kleine Superstar hier zu sein :). Zu sehen war er schon früher - diese Aufnahme ist zur selben Zeit wie diese hier entstanden. Ich hoffe, die s/w Variante gefällt ebenso.

» Original shoot attached

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F/1.4
Aperture: F/2.5
Exposure: 1/500s
ExposureBias: 0.0 EV
Sensitivity: Iso 100
Cropped: minor to 4x3

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