High Speed B&W Effect in Lightroom


Now it’s time for another quick and creative effect in Lightroom! Do you want to know how to convert your photos into dynamic eye-catching B&W pictures? And what if I tell you that this effect can be achieved without the help of any third-party preset? Follow up this guide on how to create High-Speed B&W Effects in Lightroom to add a new cool feature to your digital portfolio.

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For this tutorial, we are only going to work with Lightroom B&W native presets. Of course, if you have a third-party B&W preset or if you created your own, feel free to use them. I work this way to make this tutorial available for every kind of Lightroom user.

Next, you are going to need a street scene. It can be someone walking through a street, or a car speeding away from us… anything. Just make sure its angle is placed a bit above the main subject to increase the feel on this effect.

Notice that if our image shows people in the movement, this only makes better the effect; otherwise, you are going to need to Photoshop and add blur to this image.

Lightroom workflow

Open the image in Lightroom and switch to the Develop module.


First, you want to convert the image to B&W using Lightroom native presets. In my case I am going to apply a High Contrast preset.


Reduce exposure a little bit, but only if you feel your image is still too bright.


Then increase even more the contrast value for our image. Don’t go too far since it will start making the image look pretty dark. If that is the case, reduce the Blacks slider at the Basic Adjustments Panel.


I won’t do any further retouching with other Lightroom tool as it is not needed. If you feel you want to add another retouchment to the image, you can always follow this workflow tutorial on how to organize the settings of processing an image inside Lightroom.

Add Clarity to the image in order to bring in the details now missing at our image. Remember to keep in balance the detail amount, otherwise, details will become a distraction to this effect.


Then add a Vignetting effect to our image; go to darker values of the vignetting effect in order to enhance this effect.


Finally, set some film grain to our image. This only makes the effect look more realistic.



You can always use presets for increasing efficiency times while working.

This effect can be enhanced inside Photoshop using the Motion Blur filter.

Consider that film grain means adding noise to your image; if your picture already has noise on it, avoid adding more unless you really want the image to have that effect.

A little extra is adding some Vibrance to this image. That way the grey-tinted areas will gain some attention in comparison to the intense blacks at the photo.

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