Photographer Chris Clor takes you behind the scenes in his digital darkroom as he transforms an image from humdrum color to stunning black-and-white.
Step 3: Add Contrast
Use a Levels Adjustment Layer to add contrast.
Next, he creates a Levels Adjustment Layer, which he uses to reveal the depth and beauty that was rendered invisible in the image’s low-contrast form. Clor isn’t afraid of a little shadow clipping, either, though he is careful not to take it too far. Here, he was going for what he calls an “ominous presence”—he wanted the shadow areas of the mountain to go dark. The highlights are clipped slightly, too, but since the clipped areas are so small, he didn’t worry about losing detail.
Levels Adjustment Drag the sliders inward to add contrast. A little bit of clipping ensures that you’ll have true black and white.