In today’s Photoshop tutorial we’re going to play around with various image adjustments to recreate the emotive style of high fashion black and white photography. Typically these photographs feature many of the characteristics of old school 35mm film, such as heavy film grain and low contrast. Follow this step by step guide to quickly transform your own photos into artistic black and white pieces of art.

High fashion photo effect

The photo effect we’ll be producing is inspired by traditional high fashion photography, as seen in this set of B&W High Fashion Photography on Pinterest. The most obvious characteristic of these photographs is that they’re all black and white, but look closely and you’ll notice that many have low contrast with the blacks not being entirely black (more of a dark grey). These black and white images don’t completely lack colour either, there will often be a very subtle warm or cool tone that adds to the feeling and mood of the shot. We’ll take these common characteristics and replicate them on our modern digital photographs to create a high fasion inspired effect imitating 35mm film.

Grainy B&W High Fashion Photo Effect

We’ll first need an image to edit. A portrait of some kind will work best, but go for something a little conceptual for that abstract high fashion style. This particular image is a beauty portrait from Shutterstock.

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  1. I love blk & wht photography, and your right to mention the portrait should be something conceptual, otherwise it’s just another black & white photo.

  2. Thank you so much for your guidance and time. I have learned so much from your post and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you…..God Bless

  3. I would stop at the 50% Gray layer, or add some color selective/curve adjustment levels.
    This is just because there are thousands of ways to go A–>B in Photoshop and I’m not a fan at all of using the super-fake “noise” effect, even if it’s blurred. As always, keep up the good work, you’re great :-)

  4. This is amazing tutorial; i wondered if you can have a video transcript for this tutorial.
    I try to change the background color of my website: but I’m lost on the third step. May be the version of Adobe that you use is different of mine.

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