Snapseed: Tips on editing black and white photographs


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Here is the second in the series of colourless Agra...I heard some good feedback on the first part of the series so decided to share the Part II sooner rather than later.

I also thought that as I share these images, I should also share how I edited them to give the effect that you see below. It might take away some mystery from these images but I really do believe that knowledge expands only by sharing and learning from each other.

I edited this entire series using Snapseed on my iPhone, but I think it will work with the same effect on any of the other mobile phones as well.

So, here is my secret recipe to get some fantastic black and white shots with mobile photo editing! ;)

Steps to follow:

1. Open the image in Snapspeed & crop (if needed)
2. Convert to Black & White
3. Use 'Drama' and pick either 'Drama 1' or 'Drama 2'
4. Adjust the filter strength (100% is way too dramatic, I prefer something like 30-40% or less)
5. Finally open 'Tune Image' and adjust Contrast to get the desired effect
6. And you will have a stunning shot in black and white :)

And do play around with the settings to get the desired effect, the numbers usually vary for every shot.

The last image below shows the image 'before' (unedited) and 'after' (post-processing with Snapseed) of the first image in the post...



snapseed editing tips black and white photography india taj mahal
The very pious visitors

snapseed editing tips black and white photography india taj mahal
The caretaker of the mosque within the Taj complex

snapseed editing tips black and white photography india taj mahal
At the entrance...

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Comments

  1. Awesome Clicks! I am yet to visit the magnificent Taj mahal but now, would plan a trip very soon!

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    1. Thanks a lot Ankita! You must absolutely visit Agra...

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  2. beautiful effect especially the last picture :)

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  3. Εξαιρετικές εικόνες Siddhartha!!! Είναι πολύ όμορφη η πατρίδα σου!
    Συγχαρητήρια!!! Σ΄ευχαριστώ για το μάθημα!
    Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς!

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    1. Thanks Magda, I am glad you liked the pictures and the lesson :)

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  4. Preciosas, y la edición de lujo.
    Un beso

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  5. Useful tips. Will try em soon.

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    1. Thanks, and do let me know if they work out for you as well :)

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  6. Amazing pictures... I love the one with the women in the sarees walking past the arches... thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Shalini! I am happy that you liked that pic...

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  7. Great Work, Really love your work. I showed some of your work to my office friends and they have all got inspired by you.

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    1. Thanks a lot Ankur :) Really nice to see your comment here :)

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  8. Preciosas imagenes...muy bonitas, y como cambia al tratarla..un saludo desde Murcia...

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  9. He estado viendo tus últimos trabajos!!!...he decidido comentarte aquí porque me ha encantado este reportaje fotográfico...felicidades!!!

    Un gran abrazo, amigo!!! ;)

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  10. I really love the last shot! Stunning!

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  11. This was a really great series.

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  12. Beautiful b&w pictures Sid!
    I do'nt have a iPhone, so I can't use the tips.
    Anyway I like this post.
    Visiting from B&W Wednesday, Hilde
    http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/10/hello-how-are-you.html

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    1. You can still use the post HIlde - these tips work for both iPhones and Android phones :)

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