The photos in black and white convey extraordinary sensations. There are contests with monochrome photographs for this reason, however, sometimes some photographs that were taken in black and white would do better with the colors, so that they have the same effect on people. For these situations, a tool that will help you get the most out of your photos is Lightroom . Coloring the images with this program is much simpler and more practical.
When we want to give color to a photo , the first thing we think about is in Photoshop, but the adjustment brush that Lightroom has allows each hue you choose to have its own adjustment and you can configure the exposure to contrast, sharpness or opacity to highlight exact points in the image, which would be an advantage over the dozens of color layers with their respective adjustment layer that we find in Photoshop.
Nathaniel Dodson, from tutvid, teaches us through a tutorial, tricks on how to convert a photo from black and white to color in Lightroom. You can find the video on his YouTube channel tutvid.
Create a virtual copy of the selected image
The first step is to click on the image on the back and select the Create Virtual Copy option to have another version of the photograph in black and white. Then we choose the brush tool and select the color button where we will choose the first tone that will be used to paint the photo . Must be removed to check Auto Mask. The size and flow of the brush should also be taken into account if there are small places where you have to go and if you do not want a strong and hard line that makes it look unreal.
Once this is done, everything is necessary to paint. In Nathaniel’s case, he started with the blue motif and painted the entire sky, staining the rocks in the landscape a bit, which was then corrected with the eraser and selecting the Auto Mask option at the same time . To take care of the details , he used the zoom in and out option.
So that it has a good finish and does not look bad, details such as reflections, shadows, etc. must be taken care of. And for that, you can change the colors for each section of the photograph , if you want you can combine them or put one on top of the other. You must not forget to correct the parts in which another section has been colored (it will always go through the shape of the brush and because the Auto Mask option has been deselected ) with the eraser and using the zoom to zoom in and out. Some mistakes are not visible from afar, but correcting them makes a difference.
Take care of the opacity to have a more realistic effect
To obtain a more realistic and less worked image, the opacity has to be reduced. We will also click on the brush option to close the options and select Turn curve, which will help us to make contrast. We will find the options of Blue, green and red and selecting the one of our preference, we will play with the curves until we achieve the desired result.
Lightroom is a fairly simple option for this type of work. Although Photoshop has already won this field, you will not lose anything by trying and you will see that you will discover more options that will make your photographs masterpieces. You can see the final result below.