Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets – Black and White for Portraits

Last week’s free Black and White Landscape photo presets for Lightroom were so popular I figured I had to follow it up with my portrait presets this week.

You’ll see there’s 4 presets in this download. One of them is an all-purpose B&W effect that I use most of the time. But there’s a few others for outdoors, beaches (which is a little different than the general outdoors one, and indoor portraits). Remember, they’re portrait presets though, so they all have a similar look to them with just a few differences. But the whole point is to show off the people in the portraits so you won’t see a huge difference in each of these like you would the Lightroom 4 landscape presets from last week.

Here’s a quick before/after of the general-purpose preset (photo courtesy of



And it kinda goes without saying that there’s no rule that says you have to use the beach preset on beach photos. It’s just what happened to work best for me when I was creating them, but I’m sure you’ll find every photo looks a little different than the other.