Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have inspired many photographers.
Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National Park Service.
Today we have an arsenal of editing tools to achieve what Ansel Adams did in his day such as Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop. As he once was quoted “You don’t take a photograph you make it” he realised that despite taking a great shot work was still needed to be done in the darkroom to make an outstanding photograph, with the alchemy of developers, fixing and editing techniques to bring out the detail and the drama of the image, which was achieved with both creative and technical skills.
It is not without design that Adobe has given an option for the interface of its applications to be dark in order for the retoucher to focus on the image without distraction just as Ansel Adams in his day had the darkroom. The B&W mixer is one of many tools within Lightroom that allows you to edit the image by mixing the tones of the original colour image to get the best from the tonal range. If that’s not enough move over to Photoshop to mask and layer and hone down the detail to the perfect pixel by using tools such as the healing brush.
With great photographs Adobe has provided tools that allows retouchers to be an Ansel Adams without the alchemy.
Lightroom A working project