Lightroom Profiles, Presets and Masks

20 years of chasing the 'Film Look'

Taken directly from my copy of Lightroom, this pack is the culmination of everything I have learned about black-and-white photography, both analogue and digital, over the past three decades. Every photograph on this website, Sarah's website, Instagram, and YouTube has been processed using this pack. Today, I am making it available to photographers everywhere for just £20.

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I've been working with black-and-white almost exclusively since I started shooting in 1988. After fifteen years of analogue/film photography, including several years operating a professional darkroom, I moved to digital capture. I hated it. I kept going back to film and then to digital and back to film again. Shooting film didn't make any sense commercially, but digital capture looked like crap. Especially black-and-white. So one day in 2004, I opened up Photoshop and decided to work out how to get the film look I liked from a digital file. I sat at my desk with film scans and digital files and got to work. That soon became an obsession.

Four years later, I was invited to submit some digital images for a sponsored group exhibition at the Getty Image Gallery in London. These had to be taken on the sponsor's digital cameras. After submitting the files, the printers at Getty asked me to resubmit some new images because they thought I had sent them medium format film scans. I was very happy!!

In March 2012, I began to use Lightroom 4 as my primary tool for black-and-white conversion. Photoshop was fantastic, but Lightroom offered a simple, non-destructive workflow. So, I set to work on developing a way of getting the film look that I wanted using Lightroom's tools and without resorting to third-party plug-ins.

A decade later, I have a mature set of presets and profiles that are used for all of my black-and-white work.

STEP ONE

Choose a profile

I convert all of my images to black-and-white using profiles rather than presets. I find profiles to be more consistent than presets, and they work well across a large variety of sensor types and sizes.

Use the profile browser to select a SilverChrome profile and use the profile slider to control the contrast and tonal range of each profile.

The EIGHT profiles have been matched to the colour response of my favourite films, giving the look and feel of scanned black-and-white film.

This image was taken straight out of the camera (complete with dust spots!!) and the profile 'Brit Pop Yellow' was applied. The profile slider was set to 200.

STEP TWO

Masks and local adjustments

Also included in the pack are the SIX mask presets that I use for dodging, burning, and softening skin. They enhance detail and avoid the muddiness that standard exposure adjustments create.

Select a mask tool and click on the Effect dropdown menu to access the SilverChrome presets.

Continuing with this image, the sky was enhanced with the 'Dramatic Sky' mask preset, and the foreground with the 'Lighten' mask preset.

STEP THREE

Presets for finishing the image

The final step is to finish the photograph with a global contrast adjustment and grain.

The THIRTEEN presets in this pack cover my favourite grain and contrast curve settings plus some additional black-and-white presets.

To finish this image off, I've added the 'Medium' grain and 'Punch' presets.

Portrait Example

The first image is straight out of the camera. The second has the profile 'Vintage Soft' applied to give a softer feel to the skin tone. The third has the profile 'American Idol' applied. The two converted images have the mask preset 'Botox Baby' applied to the skin area. The eyes have been lifted with the mask preset 'Lighten', and the preset 'Medium grain' has been used to finish the image.

Street Example

The first image is straight out of the camera. The second has the profile 'Number One' applied which works really well with high-megapixel cameras. The profile slider was set at 170 to increase the contrast slightly without blocking up the shadow areas. The mask 'Darken' was used to burn in the background and the preset 'Medium grain' was used to complete the look I wanted. The process for getting these results is fast and simple.

What's included?

EIGHT FILM LOOK PROFILES

My take on classic emulsions like HP5 and Tri-X to modern films like XP2.

FOUR GRAIN PRESETS
Fine through to very heavy. To create the right combination of roughness, size and strength, I used various film negatives for reference.

THREE MONO PRESETS
My favourite black-and-white presets from earlier versions of LR.

FIVE CURVE PRESETS
Various presets to add traditional film contrast and to lighten and darken the image.

SIX MASK PRESETS

Used with an adjustment brush, these are my primary tools for dodging, burning and skin softening.

What's included?

EACH PACK CONTAINS

The profiles and presets have been modified and updated using Adobe Camera Raw version 14.2.0.1028. They will work perfectly on the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. If you have LR6 or earlier, it is unlikely that all of the profiles will work correctly.

NUMBER ONE PROFILE
My favourite profile for the past couple of years. Loosely based on Ilford's XP2.

NUMBER TWO PROFILE
A flatter version of Number One. Ideal for images in contrasty light.

AMERICAN IDOL PROFILE
A tribute to Kodak's Tri-X. For more grit and contrast, I like to mix it with presets 'Punch' and 'Fast grain'.

AMERICAN IDOL FLAT PROFILE
The same colour response as American Idol but without any contrast added. Ideal for portraits.

BRIT POP PROFILE

If Tri-X is America's most famous film, then HP5 is Britain's. This is my tribute to one of the best films ever made.

BRIT POP YELLOW PROFILE

Ideal for landscapes, this profile is slightly flatter than Brit Pop and has more blue sensitivity.

P32 PROFILE

Based on Kodak's epic T-Max 3200 film, this one looks great with some heavier grain and contrast.

VINTAGE SOFT PROFILE
A flatter profile with a slightly solarised look. A great profile for portraits, especially when combined with grain and contrast.

FOUR GRAIN PRESETS
Fine through to very heavy. To create the right combination of roughness, size and strength, I used various film negatives for reference.

THREE MONO PRESETS
My favourite black-and-white presets from earlier versions of LR.

START OVER PRESET
Resets all adjustments and sets the correct white balance for the profiles. Recommended as the first step in your workflow.

FIVE CURVE PRESETS
Various presets to add traditional film contrast and to lighten and darken the image.

DARKEN MASK PRESET

Used with an adjustment brush, this is my main method of burning in.

LIGHTEN MASK PRESET

As with the Darken preset, this is usually used with an adjustment brush to dodge areas in the image.

DRAMATIC SKY PRESET

Designed purely to enhance and darken the sky. It works well with the adjustment brush and gradient mask tools.

BOTOX BABY MASK PRESETS

Both are used for skin retouching and for smoothing areas within an image. Always with an adjustment brush.

PUNCH MASK PRESET

Designed for adding areas of contrast in an image. Often used with an adjustment brush.

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