Today we are discussing Lightroom Presets.
We use Adobe Lightroom to edit all of our images....and we use presets to help speed up the post production [editing] process. Some people really enjoy being behind a computer screen all day, but we love styling and photographing much- much more, but aside from that....in reality, hours behind a computer screen really isn't an option for us these days.
The intent of Lightroom Presets is to save the photographers time when sorting and editing a collection of photos. Presets allow you to reapply the same settings or effects to multiple photos, without having to re-create them. It's truly awesome.
Lightroom [also known as LR] was a game changer for us. Lightroom is a program that we can use from start to finish in our post process workflow. Whether its organizing images, post process, sharing and printing...it can all be done within Lightroom. Lightroom also gives you the opportunity to buy, create or download free presets.
The thing to keep in mind about presets is that they are not a one-size-fits-all-photos type of deal. We rarely choose a preset and call it good. There is always some sort of tweaking involved, whether that be in exposure, contrast, shadow ect. don't be afraid to experiment and dial in your signature look and feel. Your investment in this on the front end will greatly benefit you with a consistent look and feel to your portfolio of images.
There are many presets out there to choose from so it's best to choose presets that achieve the look and feel that reflects the outcome you want from your photos. Today, we are highlighting one of our newer favorite preset collections - The Lightroom Collection from A Beautiful Mess. What we love most about these presents is the punch of light & color, which brings our images to life. These are happy presets! Thank you, Elsie & Emma!
The best advice we can give you when it comes to editing your photos is that a great image starts off - in camera. Regardless of the tools or programs you use in the post process...you are working with the image that you took before any filter or preset was applied. Focus on creating beautiful images from the get-go and then utilize these editing programs to enhance what already exists. Experiment and enjoy the process....and be true to who you are and what authentically reflects you and/or your brand.
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