My answer: I'm not sure!
I made various luminosity masks and then used different ones in different adjustments, just playing around until I found something that I liked. I know that John likes his vignettes and understand why, and he is right. It's just that In this one, I like seeing the detail in the foreground though.
John, you posted while I was writing this.
I wander into PS when I think an image needs that level of work. With this image, I thought LR would be able to handle it as I perceived it.
Shine Gonzalvez wrote:question directed at john regarding how he processed his black and white....
My basic processing for any image was applied to this first.
The steps for my basic processing in LR I'll list here..On import into LR, I apply my custom camera profile,
Adjust WB from my colorchecker passport.
Apply automatically the Lens Profile and corrections (inc chromatic aberration)
Apply the basic exposure settings I think the image needs
Apply the capture sharpening and noise reduction to suit.
This gives me my basic image for work. Even for b+w, the basic color setup is important.
From there, I'll have a good idea of the type of processing it can support. In this particular case, I believe that a straight B+W conversion in LR would be sufficient. The idea there is that I adjust the red, orange and yellow sliders until I get a skin (for a caucasian) that looks reasonably bright. Knowing that she has a dark red dress then turns into a balance between the red dress and the skin tone. Once I am happy with the model and the clothing colour tones, I'll move the other sliders to taste. This is where a good processing of the colour image can pay dividends as good colour separation can highlight the tonal differences in b+w.
I then wandered back to the Basic panel and adjusted the contrast and clarity to give me an image that was starting to display the stronger tones and contrast I look for in b+w.
Once I am happy with the overall "feel" of the image, I will then more than likely look at draping a wide faint vignette over it in LR just to help steer the eye.
If however, I think I need a bit more industrial strength work on it, I will still do my basic processing where I then use CC along with PhotoKit 2 color effects by Pixel Genius. This I find, combined with various layers and masks will help me get the look I am after. I used this method in a post in Critics Corner/Black and White on Dec 6th called "Near Quorn in South Australia". On the 2nd page of that thread is a picture of it framed....