Back when I was a young wedding photographer, I loved selling my clients both a color print and a black and white print from the same shutter click. Selling the bride and groom the full-color photograph, and a black and white version, was an easy way to make a single capture far more profitable. Sometimes a strong image works with, and without, color.
Have you ever felt the need for both a full-color and a black and white version of the same image? If so then this video tutorial is for you. In this tutorial, I demonstrate a couple of ways to create multiple versions of the same original capture. First, I explain how to achieve this goal by working with Virtual Copies within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Next I explain how to create a second copy of your original capture–an additional raw file that you can tune up any which way that you like–with a quick trip through Lightroom’s Export Dialog.
Virtual copies are a wonderful way to create additional versions of your original capture without leaving Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and they take up almost no disk space. Working with Virtual Copies is fast and easy but your Virtual Copies are stored only at the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog level.
Virtual Copies do not exist anywhere outside of Lightroom Classic and they will be completely lost if your Photoshop Lightroom Catalog gets destroyed or corrupted. If you decide that Virtual Copies are the right solution for you then you had better make sure that you have a rock solid backup system in place for all of your images and your Lightroom Catalog.