Exposure Editing – Gritty Black and White Looks

Often when editing black and white photography, images are captured in color and converted to monochrome during post-processing. This provides photographers a high level of flexibility over the conversion.

This video demonstrates a black and white conversion whereby the image is given a gritty, grungy look. The effect gives images a similar appearance to vintage Hollywood films. It’s an excellent technique that can be a strong creative option for all kinds of images. We put together this video to illustrate several important steps for creating gorgeous gritty black and white looks. And we include advice on how to customize the effects you apply to images.

We demonstrate the process of converting to black and white, creating unique textures by stacking them in controllable layers, balancing grain effects for the subject, and several other simple edits that emphasize a gritty look.

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