The B&W instagram filters offer reasonably subtle adjustments.
For more nuanced control and potentially dramatic adjustments there are more advanced tools; here i’m using Adobe Lightroom. (Lightroom MOBILE is free for Adobe subscribers) :
The issue with filters is they are a general solution, and the BEST solution, if you care enough, is to be specific that in THIS photo you want THAT color to be light, and this other color to be dark (if you’re in b&w; there are equivalent controls in color) and it generally depends on the photo.
THIS EPISODE’S ASSIGNMENT
Filters. Either take a new picture or use one you have… see what different filters do to the image as you play with it. Clearly different images demand different filters, although it’s also nice to find a “look” you like, that perhaps fits you, and let it color many of your photos.
We are not, fwiw, pushing black and white - and we hope you’ll experiment with all sorts of color effects. Post what you made (and if you’d like, send us the original and let us play with it too!)
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