If you’ve ever had professional photos taken, most of them will ask you not to re-edit their work. This is because photo editing is an art-form in itself. A lot of professional photographers and retouchers put in a lot of hours of practice trying to get colors to look a certain way. They are working to shape the light and blend these things together to produce an interesting and pleasing photo. One of the major tools to help photographers and retouchers do that is Adobe Lightroom. And if you’re new to Lightroom or want to do some quick edits, you should know a thing or two about Lightroom presets.
What are Lightroom Presets?
When explaining what Lightroom presets are, many people, myself included, tell people to think of them as Instagram filters. They help change the lighting and colors in a photo to achieve a desired look or output. The best part about these presets is that once they are applied you can manipulate them however you see fit. You could reverse engineer your own preset or style from someone else's or create something completely unique from a template. When I first got into the world of photo editing, I would slap on a preset and call it a day. Now that I’m a little more experienced, I use presets as a base and shape them to my style and liking.
Why Use Presets?
When I first began taking photos, I didn’t completely understand why someone would edit the colors on a photo in the first place. I thought that the photos looked fine straight out of camera. For some, this may be perfect. If you nail the colors in the camera and don’t want to change them that’s fine. However, the deeper I dove into Lightroom and presets, the more I discovered that there were presets designed for one specific purpose. There are presets that only bring up exposure, only remove chromatic aberration, lens distortion, and vignetting. If you’re not sure what those things are, look them up. Even if you love the colors, correcting these things will provide you with a photo that will stand out from the normal straight outta camera photo.
F-Series Vol. 1
Once I became more comfortable with Lightroom presets, I created my own. At the time I didn’t know what to call them so they are named the F Series and they are meant to be used by beginners. These presets are full of contrast and color and will add a special little something to your photos to get you started. I’ve only release vol. 1 and I’ve used these on several of my own photos. I’ve used these for client work, practice and these are often my go-tos for quick edits. If you’d like to check them out or purchase them please CLICK HERE.
Thanks for reading. If you know of any amazing Lightroom presets, don’t hide them, I’d love to see them. Share them (or the links to them) in the comments down below.