Naturally BW – The sweetest black and white preset so far

Written by on October 14, 2008 in Featured, Presets - 24 Comments

Yesterday, me and my girlfriend was out driving the car when we suddenly saw this cute bull on the side of the road. “STOP THE CAR, I have to take photo of him!”. At first he was a bit careful and reserved but then he slowly walked towards us. I took some snapshots before we went home. Inside of Lightroom  later this day, I started to play around with the settings on the photos and came up with a pretty sweet preset that really works well on all my other photos as well. A success like this must be shared to the rest. So here it is; PH Naturally BW

Preset in action:


PH Naturally BW:

PH Naturally BW (72212 downloads)

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If you are a Lightroom lover like myself you probably going to adore this place. It's the paradise for all people who are looking for Lightroom presets. Make sure you subscribe to my posts to be first with the latest contributions. I wish you a very pleasant stay. Regards, Pierre

24 Comments on "Naturally BW – The sweetest black and white preset so far"

  1. Andy October 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm ·

    SWEEEEEET! I love the look and feel of this B&W! It is time to minimize my presets and put this in my Favorites folder! Nice work!

  2. Inspired Arts October 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm ·

    Very sweet – can’t wait to try it out.

  3. Pierre October 14, 2008 at 7:02 pm ·

    Thank you guys! It’s one of my favorites too :-)

  4. Shane October 14, 2008 at 11:47 pm ·

    This is an AWESOME preset! I love the look of how it transforms an image to a stunning black and white. Just one question: How would I go about putting a little brown tint in this? I’m a beginner photog and have tried all sort of ways with other presets.

  5. Pierre October 15, 2008 at 12:00 am ·

    Hi Shane. Thank you very much!
    To add a little brown tint, you expand the “Split Toning” adjustments. Select a Highlight color with the colorpicker or slider and then adjust the saturation for it. Do the same on Shadows if you want to give them a brown touch as well.

  6. Matthias October 15, 2008 at 1:04 pm ·

    yeah that’s a real cool presets – thank you very much!! I like your presets, so i hope you will share much more in the future.

  7. Pierre October 16, 2008 at 12:07 am ·

    Indeed I will Matthias. Thank you!

  8. Leia October 16, 2008 at 9:18 pm ·

    This one is awesome! I have already used it on a bunch of my photos. I don’t have to tweak it very much to make my photos look great. Thanks so much!!!

  9. Pierre October 16, 2008 at 9:30 pm ·

    Nice to hear Leia. I saw your beautiful photos on flickr :-)

  10. george October 18, 2008 at 1:45 am ·

    Congratulations for your work! I immediately subscribed to your rss feeds! If you like we (readers) could submit our presets as well.Would you happened to know if anyone managed to make a holga (toy camera) preset?
    I believe it is possible with LR2 using grads,blur brushes e.t.c

  11. Pierre October 18, 2008 at 2:27 am ·

    Hi George,
    Thank you!
    Actually you can submit your presets by using the contact page (top menu). I will see what I can do about the Holga preset. You will be notified by RSS when/if it will be available here.

  12. Iwan October 20, 2008 at 8:27 am ·

    Great preset!
    Luv the B/W very much.
    Thank you!

  13. LivE October 25, 2008 at 8:57 am ·

    Woohoo! I am loving all your work! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Rob Jaudon October 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm ·

    Thank You for the preset. It looks great. I will try it out on some photos and let you know. This looks like something I have been looking for. I attempted to try a b/w conversion of my own. Feel free to check out my site and let me know what you think… JEEZOPEEZO.COM


    Rob Jaudon

  15. Dantes November 2, 2008 at 2:47 am ·

    this is an amazing preset! thank you!
    One thing though, is there a way to get the effect without going to grayscale?

    I ask this, because I have always heard that prints are better if not in grayscale… I guess.. What is the best way to print digital b &w photos? thank you again!

  16. Joe November 21, 2008 at 6:07 am ·

    This is a pretty hot preset; I find I use it a lot. It has a slight sepia feel to it which is exactly what I was looking for. Did you modify the Split Tone? This works great for a RAW file, do you have one to modify a JPEG file? I tried, but my preset creating skills haven’t been honed yet.

    Thanks again Pierre,


  17. Heidi April 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm ·

    Best BW available!

  18. Pierre April 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm ·

    Thank you Heidi!

  19. tracy April 29, 2009 at 7:16 am ·

    I am a lightroom newbie, but I have been playing for a bit and this is my go to bw preset everytime!! Thanks a bunch!!

  20. Pierre April 29, 2009 at 7:24 am ·

    Thank you Tracy,
    I saw your wedding photos. They look awesome!

  21. Denver Photographer June 17, 2010 at 12:53 am ·

    I definitely like the vignette on this one. Totally perfect.

  22. myfreightaudit December 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm ·

    wow! i love this photo.the bull looks surprisingly cuddly. i didn’t think a bull could look this cute :D nice job on the presets :)

  23. Daina August 23, 2012 at 3:06 am ·

    I am so in LOVE with this preset, nearly every shoot I do, I play with this preset. But, to my dismay, I upgraded to LR4 and this preset no longer carries its punch :( Any word on a LR4 update for this preset? Keeping my fingers crossed!

  24. snorki September 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm ·

    love this preset but lightroom 4 totally kills it… now it looks awful.

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