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High Contrast Black and White Portrait – Weekly Ordinary to Extraordinary Lightroom Edit – E06

By Pye Jirsa on August 15th 2013

Introduction

In this week’s edit we’re going to show how we turned a regular color portrait into a nice high contrast black and white portrait. The SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5 has presets specifically for these types of photos. We’re going to show you how in just a few clicks, you can go from an ordinary to extraordinary image.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

Develop Mixology

  • 01-10 BASE – SOFT: 13b. Light Crush – B&W
  • 03-70 ADJUST – VIGNETTING: 71c. Neutral – Zeroed

To see how these presets were applied, watch the video tutorial below.

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

The first thing we do is check our EXIF Data, and right away we see that this image was shot at a shallow f/2.0 aperture on a 50mm lens. We’re going to keep that in mind, because we may need to add a bit of sharpening after our presets are applied.

exifdata

We’re going to be selecting our “01-10 BASE – SOFT: 13b. Light Crush – B&W” preset, and after we bring our exposure down to -0.10 we have our nice high contrast black and white look. We’re going to add a “03-70 ADJUST – VIGNETTING: 71c. Neutral – Zeroed” vignette preset so we can get a subtle edge darkening. In the develop settings our preset did all the work for us. This is a high contrast preset so the Contrast was raised and the Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks were all dropped. In our Sharpening settings our preset did a great job, but the image is still a bit soft overall due to the shallow depth of field so we’re going to raise the Amount, Radius, and Detail. The Noise Reduction settings look great where they are, giving us really nice and smooth skin. Here’s what our Develop Settings look like after all the presets and adjustments are made.

developesettings

And now we’re all done! Here’s a before and after of our edited image.

Before

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After

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Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!

Terms: #Contrast
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