B&W Vivid HDR Portrait

In environmental portraiture, sometimes a high-contrast black & white image can look stunning, as long as you carefully monitor the skin tones of your subjects and make sure they appear natural.

With the SLR Lounge Preset System, you can achieve a dramatic HDR B&W look with a single click, and then use one of the SLR Lounge custom brush presets to maintain natural skin tone.

The SLR Lounge custom brush preset “Unenhance HDR (skin)” is specifically designed to help maintain good overall tonality in an image, while ensuring that skin tones do not appear “overcooked”.

If you are a Premium member, you can access our newly updated ACR presets here. If you are looking to purchase the Camera Raw Presets CC, click here!

Before Image

Nikon D750, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II,1/1000 sec @ f/2.8 & ISO 100

After Image

EditING Steps

PRESET: SIGNATURE B&W – HDR B&W (Energy & Environmental)

BRUSH: Unenhance HDR + (Skin)
(Applied all around the subjects, no painstaking masking necessary!)

BRUSH: Sky – Cloud – Ocean
(Applied to sky & hilltop)