Rob Shea Photography

Getting Black and White Prints to Match Your Monitor

Infrared Black and White photo of Half Dome
FujiFilm X-T20, XF 23mm f/2, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/180 second, Neewer 850nm external filter

When printing black and white images, it can be challenging to get the prints to match the brightness and contrast of your screen. This video and guide will help you to configure Lightroom, so that prints made from your printer or from a third-party print service will match what you see on your screen.

Calibrate Your Monitor

This is the most important step! Mac and Windows both have built in monitor calibration tools. Search for a guide on how to run these tools for your operating system.

You can also purchase hardware calibration tools. Hardware calibration tools can be essential for some types of professional work, but software calibration will be good enough for many cases.

Develop for the screen

Develop your image normally in the Develop module.

Setup Soft Proofing

Edit Proof Virtual Copy

Printer Properties


Select Print button. Use the print preview to validate your settings.

Print of Infrared Black and White photo of Half Dome


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