Before & After #2.
Color is a wonderful element of photography, but sometimes it can detract from the essence of a photo. Matthew's shirt here has green sleeves, which is cute in real life, but since the eye is drawn to vivid colors, I found the green somewhat distracting. His facial expression is the heart of this photo -- bored, maybe ambivalent, no doubt the cumulative effects of quarantine -- with his sister giving a reassuring hug. I needed to ensure that this feeling would be communicated to the viewer, hence I converted it to monochrome.
Other than this, all I really did here was clone out the silvery outline of his zip-style pant pocket which I felt was a distracting element; lowered the highlights and raised the shadows just a notch to give it an aged, faded look; and finally, I burned out the upper left corner to mute the overbearing (and thereby distracting) highlights.
Like with my first Before & After example, I performed all edits within Adobe Lightroom Classic.
Camera settings: Sony A9 with Canon 45mm f/2.8 TS-E lens @ f/2.8, 1/160 second, ISO 1600.
Stay tuned for the next Before & After, coming shortly. Happy Shooting!