While I was creating the Black & White Bold preset pack I made a wonderful discovery - almost every image that I applied the Matte Black preset to ended up looking terrific!
This single preset is the Swiss Army Knife of monochrome conversion presets, it imparts lovely matte tones that are easy on the eye regardless of the source lighting in the original image. In fact, this preset often works as well on sunny scenes as it does on overcast landscapes!
Because I wanted this weirdly wonderful preset to shine I have taken the unprecedented step of creating a pack based upon a single preset. I have worked on several variations of the Matte Black formulation to further extend its versatility and, most importantly, I renamed the whole kit and caboodle Magical Matte Black!
What images will these presets work best with?
Have a close look at the example images - as I have mentioned above, this preset works beautifully on a huge range of lighting situations! Be mindful of exposure - over-exposed images will be punished by most Black & White conversion presets. Composition is crucial for black & white photography - strong graphical features and classical composition will help to compensate for all that lost colour - our eBook Living Landscapes covers composition at length.
Magical Matte Preset Pack Features:
5 slightly different versions of the same wonderful preset!
Presets work on both RAW and JPEG images
Compatible with Lightroom 4*, Lightroom 5, Lightroom 6 and the Creative Cloud (CC)
For use with both Mac and PC
* Please note not all preset features will work in Lightroom 4 (radial filters).