A black and white photo of a woman with some smoke behind her

Dalan B&W is a free black and white Lightroom preset that produces high-contrast and vivid tones. Its polished monochrome look that works well on portraits and wedding photography. It illuminates the scene and emphasizes dark regions for a dramatic effect.

This preset works well on portraits and is especially ideal for weddings and various outdoor events. Its tones are, after all, optimized to draw out the details of subjects and nature scenes. Its bold look also heightens the mood of images.

If you are looking for a professional black and white preset, this classic film preset is definitely something you should consider. Because of its distinct contrasting tones, you can even use it as a cohesive monochrome Instagram filter.

Brightens and Accentuates Tones

A vibrant black and white photo of a newly wed couple

Brilliance. The preset begins by converting the image to classic film monochrome. It does not use Lightroom's black and white mode; it instead transforms colors to grayscale by completely desaturating them.

What follows are extensive settings to optimize light and tone. Dalan B&W increases exposure to add more light, and amplifies contrast to reinforce tones. It then more finely intensifies light and dark regions, as you can see in the After photo above. It only softens highlights to moderate the added brilliance and retain some details. You can try to compare the resulting tones of the bride's wedding dress and the groom's black coat.

A vibrant black and white photo of a bride holding a bouquet

High-Contrast Tones. You can easily observe how Dalan B&W preset processes whites in the example above. Simply examine the bride's bright white, even lustrous, wedding gown in the After photo. Against it, the bouquet's tones stand out even more. From this example, you can tell that the preset works best on photos with a lot of elements and textures. This is exactly why Dalan B&W specializes in outdoor scenes.

The preset cements its high-contrast look by setting it in the tone curve. This adjustment combines with all the previous tonal settings to create a broad range of tones that look intense on both ends. Because of all of these enhancements, you can be assured that images would look clear and vibrant every time.

Enhances Textures

A vibrant black and white photo of bridesmaids holding balloons

Crisp Details. Dalan B&W draws out textures by amplifying its sharpening. As you can see in the After photo above, the preset extracts as much detail as possible. The resulting crisp textures go well with the bold tones. Simply examine the dark but defined trees and the bridesmaids' dresses.

As a finishing touch, the preset reduces some noise. This creates its distinct polish. Even with the vintage black and white look, this clear and smooth effect adds a modern twist to monochrome.

Dalan B&W is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

LikeĀ all our presets, you can absolutely use Dalan B&W preset as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting, and subject matter.

  • Entirely Adjustable
  • Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
  • Performs with both PC, Mac, and Mobile
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free

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This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on April 30, 2020




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