When taking a photo, I often visualize it in black and white. Before I even click that shutter, in my mind I already know that particular photograph will be displayed in black and white. I love hand editing each of my images and always start with a clean edit in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). There are many ways to create a black and white conversion but today I will show you how I converted this photo starting in ACR and then applying my final finishes in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Black and white photography appeals to me so much because I am immediately drawn to the emotion of my subject. Starting with a great straight out of camera photograph and then a clean edit allows you the option to take your photo to the next level. Don’t be afraid to get creative and bring out the best in your work!
Celeste Pavlik, Texas
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Known for her dramatic use of light and admiration of black and white photography, Houston photographer Celeste Pavlik has a gift for capturing a wide array of emotions in her honest and organic imagery of her subjects. While the subject of her lens is most often one, or all four of her sons, she also immerses herself in the quietness of macro and still life photography. Receiving acclamation in several juried shows, she is finding herself happily pulled in to the fine art world. Celeste is a Canon photographer, Lensbaby lover, and enjoys processing 90 percent of an image in ACR with a final polish in Photoshop and or Lightroom. Besides photography, Celeste likes to spend time with her boys, explore new places, bake and snuggle in one of her well loved quilts.