Monday, 13 December 2010

Lightroom presets

I'm a little obsessed with using Lightroom presets at the moment. Well, I'm very excited about using them, not necessarily obsessed. No need to exaggerate. Some time ago I read about Lightroom presets somewhere - don't remember where they were mentioned but I thought I'd give them a try. I did an internet search and found quite a few nice looking presets, completely free.

So I started playing with an image I took earlier today while walking the dogs. I have to admit that I don't remember where I downloaded any of these presets from, but if I find them I will add a link. For now, I will just state for each image the name of the preset I used. First, the original image, followed by the edited ones.


PH Surreal moment

PH Oldschool skintone revamped

PH Naturally BW

Gold & Blue

BW natural 1


Don't you just love them? Well, I do... at the moment, anyway!

Then I started playing with some images I took at the beach at sunset.


...and things started to get a little dark...


...and surreal.



I've worked on the above images a bit more than just applied the Lightroom preset, but I think it's great to have a starting point with a preset and then take the image further towards your own vision of how you want it to look like.

Go on, go and try some presets yourself and show me some of your work!

2 comments:

Wayne said...

they Are fun, and fun to adapt/save as new presets. Here's one with similar coloration in one of mine from my mom's garden: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwwayneup/5083162504/
and this one using a look of toned black and white prints, from my film using / silver printing days...this one a tweaked preset, Selenium : http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwwayneup/4533845298/
In LightRoom, I often make a few "virtual copies" with presets applied, just to remind me of a look I like for a specific image, even if I don't find a use for it, right away.

Katariina Järvinen said...

Lovely images, Wayne. I'm glad I found another fan of Lightroom presets!

I only found out about Lightroom virtual copies recently in an on-line tutorial, and now I use them for the exact same way as you do.

Thanks for commenting, Wayne. :)