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I Heart Faces has a weekly photo contest featuring a different theme each week, and then they also have the for-fun Friday Fix-It challenge. It’s basically show and tell for photographers: there’s an unedited [SOOC – Straight Out Of Camera] shot to download and then each person edits it however they want. Then they come back and link it up, explaining what they did to make the edits.
Here is the original, followed by a color edit and a black and white conversion. These are done in the classic, authentic style that my work follows.
I used Lightroom 2 only, to do both of these edits. I am a 99.99% Lightroom user, only opening something in PS if it needs some serious finesse.
Then, the B&W edit was done by a preset I created in LR. Basically, it is a convert to Grayscale, and then a few custom tweaks – one of them being to increase the contrast. Then, I adjust the exposure/brightness and black based on the individual image and lighting conditions.