Some of the most popular presets I have are the HDR presets I created for Lightroom 4. As I looked through my website stats, I also realized that some of the other most popular presets were the black and white presets for both landscapes and portraits. Then it hit me – these could go perfectly together. People love the grit, edginess, and style that HDR presets give. And people love the look and feel of black and white. So why not put ’em together?
So that’s just what I did this week. You’ll find they work best on landscape, travel and outdoor photos. I thought of doing some portrait ones, but HDR doesn’t look that great on people. They have 2 levels of intensity (Light, Strong). I tried 3, like I usually do, but there wasn’t enough difference between them so I went with 2.
NOTE: If HDR is the kind of thing that incites anger and criticism from you, then these presets aren’t for you. Don’t download, don’t try them out and don’t leave a negative comment on how HDR is bastardizing photography and how everyone that uses it is a horrible person 😉
Here’s a few samples. You really have to try the presets out though, since they don’t show up as well when the images are small.
- The preset downloads for Lightroom 4 are below (I made them for LR4. You can try them in LR3 but they’re tuned for LR4 specifically):
- Click here to download the Lightroom HDR Black & White Presets.
- And here’s a link to a video on how to install and organize Lightroom presets if you don’t know how.
Hope you enjoy. Have a good one!
Can’t wait to try these
I keep getting a message that the presets can’t be downloaded securely.
Great.. thanks… does applying one preset reset all of the values (that are able to be modified) of a previous preset… or just ones the second preset is targeting.. or should I always command-Z the previous preset out before applying another preset ?
Thanks Matt, amazing presets keep it up!
Thanks Matt, awesome stuff!
I’m delighted with these HDR presets. Woo-hoo: http://thelightcavalry.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/upper-east-side
Thanks Matt !
Thanks Matt! You’re the greates for sharing your pre-sets.
Thank you for your free presets, Matt. I use them a lot.
Thanks very much! I really appreciate your free presets!
Thank you! I love it!!
I like them Matt. Keep up the great work
Thanks so much for sharing your presets with us, been using them as much as possible! Your photography is great also! John
As usual, these are just super duper
Hey Matt, dowloaded and installed! They work great! I tried it on a photo I thought it would look okay on, and it turned out fantastic!
Thanks my man for the super presets!
“Click here to download the Lightroom Wedding Day Presets.” These are Black and White HDR presets
Hey, thanks Lynn! I was just going to leave a message for Matt. I’ll download then now!