Free Lightroom Presets – Black & White HDR Presets for Landscapes

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hereโ€™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!


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  1. Hey I loved using these presets and have just reinstall day OS X so lost all presets- any chance you could email them to me again please?

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  2. Thanks a mill….
    Most appreciated

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  3. These are absolutely stunning and your captures are so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I’m going to try these asap. I have some Redwood pictures that might really look unique with these. Thank you !

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. So these are for an HDR “look”, without actually needing a proper HDR photo – right?

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  10. 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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  11. seems impressive, good work and thanks for sharing

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  12. These are really good. Thx.

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