Editing better Black and white in 2023 with my Silver5 Free Black and White presets pack.

I have 20 years as a photographer, and I’ll still say it. Good black and white presets are key to consistent great B&W edits. I’ll make it easy and free to skip the junk today.

Because they allow you to quickly and easily convert your photos to black and white, enhancing contrast and atmosphere. The capture one styles feature in Lightroom can also be used to apply unique styles, such as film simulations or vintage looks, to give your photos a polished look.

These free presets will improve the quality of your edits and save you time. Even if you’re an expert.

Download the free preset pack on the Silver page and you can watch the video I made about using the free black and white presets here on my channel.

Don’t shy away from a little LoFi. In use Darkroom crush presets all the time and included it in the free presets pack because you will see how when a photo is feeling a bit list this kind of black and white mixing can bring it back.

My Silver 5 Black and White presets are super popular because I’ve been perfecting them for over a decade. They’re great for pro photographers and beginners alike, with a range of styles to choose from. Whether you’re editing portraits or landscapes, these presets will make your black and white photos stand out.

Drive then shadows. I don’t need to pretend its’ day here. I drove the blacks with the Razors preset that I also included in the freestyles pack. Then I used the copper mist tone (also free). If I want advanced tones I’ll use Emulsion platinum actions. But the preset works well for a fast mix.

In the Silver 5 FREE black and white mini presets and styles pack, I picked presets that will nail it every time.

You’re about to download the best free black and white presets you’ve had for free or for money. Yes, iff you like them grab my complete pack because it’s another world of Lightroom and Capture One black and white edits. But what I want you to see in the mini pack is how good formulas will complete the vision you had in your head when you pressed the shutter.

You’ve probably downloaded presets and thought. These are useless, I would be better off making them myself. That’s fine, but ensure you make and refine your presets one way or another. Don’t hold off and just manually edit because you will only get fewer edits in the same amount of time.

I edited the photos on this page only with the free black-and-white presets from Silver 5. There’s nothing like them and obviously, the complete pack makes it even easier. But start here and see how different styles of photos will give you the result you had in your mind’s eye with variants of the channels, curves, and channels that a good preset will give you.

Amazing black and white is more about shadow than light. No one wants to talk about the secret of shadow.

Great black and white photos are all about the shadows, not just the light. People often forget how important shadows are, how they add depth and contrast to your work and take control of the entire photo.

To get the best results, try playing around with lighting and angles to see how the shadows fall. Get it good in camera. Then use Lightroom presets and Capture one Style to mix the shadows with the light in ways you would not usually try manually during post-processing. Don’t underestimate the power of shadow or presets to balance that shadow.

The Portrait black and white presets from the free pack is a perfect start. There’s more in Silver 5 complete. I added the Lightroom AI People presets from Silver 5 and it installs has skin tone and shadow balance and that’s what you want from a great black and white portrait edit.

It’s NOT about more, it’s about knowing what works.

I laugh when I see people telling packs of 1000 presets. If a maker has that little confidence in their formulas, they have no idea how to edit and are wasting your time. I would rather you had only the free presets from my black and white mini pack for Lightroom or Capture One than a pack of 500 useless repeats sold by an internet marketer.

I want to see us improve our black and white in 2023, so grab Silver 5 complete or just the free pack to start and see how much good formulas and good shadow technique quill transform your black and white this year.

Stay tuned to my newsletter and I’ll be sending you more tips and videos in the coming weeks.

Gavin Seim

You may be photographing streets on your Fuji X100V , POrtraits with a Canon or Weddings on Your Sony. It doe not matter. Play with these free black and white started presets I made you and you’ll see how having your presets and styles refined and ready will give you the right edit.

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I'm from WA State USA and started studying photography in 97. I started work as a pro (using that word loosely because I sucked) using film at age 16. I learned fast but was not as easy to find training then. Sometimes I beat my head against the wall until I figured stuff out.

As digital dawned I went all in and got to study with masters like Ken Whitmire. In 09 I founded the Pro Photo Show podcast. I started promoting tone-focused editing. When Lightroom arrived, I started developing tools to make editing and workflow better.

20 years of study and photography around the country earned me a Master of Photography (M.Photog) from PPA. I got to see my workshops and tools featured in publications across the industry. Once I even won the prestigious HotOne award for my "EXposed" light and tone workshop.

Wanting something calmer, I moved to Mexico in 2017. It's a land of magical light. I'm here now exploring light and trying to master my weak areas. I make videos of that for my Youtube channel, sharing what I learn. I hope you'll stick around and be part of Light Hunters Tribe... Gavin

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