Make your photos look professional in B&W

Written by on May 28, 2009 in Featured, Presets - 24 Comments

Hello dear reader!
This week I visited an old friend of mine. I brought my camera (as always) and took some photos of their lovely kids. The newest member of the family is “Meja”. She was curious about that big camera lens in front of her face. Her head and eyes followed it all the time. Who said it was hard to take photos of kids? hehe

When I looked at the pictures in my camera I got so eager to get home to see them in a bigger format. Back at home I imported them to Lightroom and directly started to play around with them. I think these kind of photos are almost meant to be in black and white. It really makes them beautiful. So I started by applying my popular preset called “Naturally BW” and from there I made some adjustments. The end result became this new preset called “PH Childhood BW”. This one is definitely one of my best presets so far (hopefully one of your favorites too), in fact I think it’s so good that people would actually pay for it ;-)

Preset in action

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PH Childhood BW:
PH Childhood BW

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24 Comments on "Make your photos look professional in B&W"

  1. Sunny May 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm ·

    What a pretty baby. Thanks for the nice B & W preset.

  2. Pierre May 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm ·

    Thanks Sunny,
    Yes, she is so sweet.

  3. samantha June 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm ·

    her eyes are accentuated much more after ur preset adjustments.its lovely.

  4. snaporaz June 16, 2009 at 10:02 am ·

    Great job, Pierre! Thanks for your very helpful presets.

  5. Pierre June 16, 2009 at 10:16 am ·

    Thank you Snaporaz. :-)
    Have a nice day!

  6. Valerie July 22, 2009 at 1:55 am ·

    thank you. this is my first and not my last visit here

  7. Soco July 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm ·

    It is great indeed! Thank you!

  8. juju July 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm ·

    fantastic job…n i love B & W…credits to the baby very cute

  9. Gabi August 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm ·

    Thank you! Can’t wait to try it.

  10. Oliver November 20, 2009 at 12:11 am ·

    thank you very much for this nice preset

  11. LivE January 1, 2010 at 6:36 am ·

    hi pierre, it’s been a while since i last visited your blog… this is just totally AWESOME. thank you so much for sharing it so generously! happy new year!

  12. Pierre January 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm ·

    I’m glad you like it! Happy New year!

  13. Nathan January 25, 2011 at 10:11 am ·

    Great Preset, Love it….takes the hard work out of figuring out what works with most photos I want to edit in B&W.

  14. anita March 4, 2011 at 10:09 am ·

    Thanks for sharing your presets great to try shortcuts from others love to expand my horizons.

  15. Belinda April 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm ·

    Thank you!! This is greatly appreciated!!

  16. Pierre April 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm ·

    Thanks Belinda! Glad you like it!

  17. anita April 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm ·

    thanks for the present I love B&W this is great

  18. Kim Murphy July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm ·

    I love this preset and use it all the time! It is awesome! Thanks so much!

  19. Juanito Pez July 17, 2011 at 12:58 am ·

    Thanks for this awesome preset. I’ve been using it for years! One of the best, if not the better I use.

    Keep the hard work


  20. Vamp April 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm ·

    Thanks for sharing :)

  21. KD February 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm ·

    Do you have an update to this preset and Naturally BW for LR4? These don’t seem to be working the same. Much darker now.

  22. Pierre February 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm ·

    Hi KD,
    At the moment I have no plans to update the preset.

  23. Lydia January 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm ·

    Oh- please tell me you plan to update now! Just went from LR3 to LR5 and it doesn’t work. This is my all-time favorite!

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