About Thomas Fitzgerald

Thomas is a professional fine art photographer and writer specialising in photography related instructional books as well as travel writing and street photography. 

Monolith for Lightroom Now Available

Monolith for Lightroom Now Available

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After some very long hours in front of the computer, I'm happy to announce that Monolith for Lightroom is now available. Monolith is the latest of my Preset Packs to be ported from its previous Aperture incarnation over to Lightroom. As the name might imply, Monolith is a set of presets for creating black and white images in Lightroom. Monolith includes 14 Main looks, each with 4 variations, along with 3 Special effect presets and 22 Tool Presets which work as modifiers to the main presets. The Black and White looks vary from High Contrast looks to faded black and white looks to very low contrast faded looks. Some of the presets include gradients as part of the presets to darken skies, and are designed with Landscapes in mind. Monolith 12 is designed to emphasise flesh tones by making them whiter and to stand out against other colours which will be darker. I'm actually really proud of how it came out. There's also 3 special effect presets for that "leave colour" effect, so for example, to make everything monochrome but the reds. Despite what some bloggers out there would have you believe, creating presets for sale is not as straightforward as just changing a few sliders. You have to make sure that they'll work with a wide variety of images and that each one doesn't contain any un-necessary adjustments. I've put hours of testing and tweaking into Monolith for Lightroom and writing the documentation and getting before and after demos and videos alone took nearly 24 hours of work. The result though was worth it. If nothing else I have a great set of Black and White presets for myself! Anyway, rather than waffle on, here's a selection of images processed with Monolith. It's available now on the Store. The normal price will be €15 but as it's a bank holiday weekend here in Ireland there'll be a special launch price of €10 until Tuesday.

[UPDATE] As the response has been so great, I'm extending the special Launch price for the rest of the week, until May 12th. Thanks to everyone for the response.

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Riverboat and Customs house

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Plain Chocolate

Magpie in Flight

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Plain Chocolate

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Moored Barge on the Canal

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A Cycle tour stops to examine the docklands

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I've also created a demo video to show before and after examples:

Monolith is available now from the Store!

Impressive X-Trans Highlight Recovery in latest version of PhotoNinja

Impressive X-Trans Highlight Recovery in latest version of PhotoNinja

Fixing bad crop in photoshop

Fixing bad crop in photoshop