Your B+W photos are so stunning! I was blown away by your Rifflandia post on your site. Do you have more than one preset for them? I find that I like my preset on some of my photos but on others they don't look quite as good.
Thanks Allison! Such a great thing to hear. :) I developed a nice Black and White preset which I applied to all of the photographs. Maybe 2 of the 150 images were instantly great.
Thing is, presets eliminate a lot of the time it would take to edit a batch, but they are definitely not the be all end all of every photo. Each image has an entirely different tonal range, with the subject in completely different quadrants on the histogram. Ultimately, a preset will work great for all pictures with a very similar tonal structure to the one that the preset was developed on.
I had to customize the tone curve and do a good amount of exposure/black/white/shadows/highlight control on all of the images. Quite honestly, that is where most of the work goes into.
So yeah, develop a preset that is a good general base for all of your images, and then adjust the edit to each specific picture! I wish a preset existed that was perfect for every single picture. Not every single picture is exactly the same though. O.o