Aperture Presets: Black and White v2
Unlike the previous black and white presets, this second set is designed to work with a well exposed photograph as the original. It also includes three presets with slight variations.
These are the black and white presets I use the most for my own photographs. I apply them mostly to portraits as they particularly affect skin tones.
The first preset is aimed at giving you a baseline black and white look by increasing contrast and definition, adding a slight vignette, and using a predominantly green filter for the black and white conversion. I generally apply this one on import when I do a portrait shoot as it tends to produce a nice overall look that serves as a good starting point.
The second and third add a faded shadows effect. You can see what they look like in the examples in this page.
I recommend you apply them to your photograph and adjust to taste using the controls in the Exposure Brick first. You can modify the black and white tones a lot by altering Exposure, Recovery, Black Point, and Brightness only. Then you can fine tune from there.
The Aperture Free Black and White Presets v2.0:
- PRESET 1: CONTRAST - As the name suggests, this simple Aperture preset adds some contrast, a bit of definition, and a subtle double vignette.
- PRESET 2: BW SHADOWS 1 - Same as Preset 1, but creates a faded shadows effect.
- PRESET 3: BW SHADOWS 2 - Built from Preset 2, it enhances the faded effect in the mid tones. Additionally, it slightly darkens warm tones and affects skin sort of like using a light green filter. It works best for portraits.