Free Lightroom Presets – Black & White HDR Presets for Landscapes

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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.

Hope you enjoy. Have a good one!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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13 Comments

  1. These are really good. Thx.

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  2. seems impressive, good work and thanks for sharing

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  3. Nice Lightroom presets, Matt! I typically break these up into separate presets, but these are very nice in combination. Good idea…

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  4. So these are for an HDR “look”, without actually needing a proper HDR photo – right?

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  5. With every preset I try to download, I get the same error.

    “Cannot open file ‘xxx’. I does not appear to be a valid archive.”

    Is there a way for me to fix this?

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  6. Ellie Kennard mentioned these in her google+ stream, just downloaded them and WOW! Thanks so much for sharing them! Can’t wait to get started!

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  7. Wow! These presets knock all my other B&W presets out of the park! Great job! Thanks!

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  8. this is what i have been looking for.thank you very much for sharing. i just downloaded it and the results were great :)

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