LIGHTROOM PRESETS & TOOLS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
ABOUT THE PRESETS
You have found it! A place where you can finally breathe. My Lightroom presets are here to
help you – help you feel confident in your photography, help you make your images sing, help
save your precious time, and ultimately make you and your clients very happy.
I have designed Lightroom presets and tools which means you won’t need to open
Photoshop anymore. You can do everything you need to right here in one place. You are
investing in your time, time to spend with your loved ones, time to go out with your camera
more, time to enjoy!
I am a family, wedding and portrait photographer who – yes, here comes the cliché – started out in the make-shift darkroom in the basement at home as a teenager! I trained in photography and a large part of my training was in the darkrooms of my university, picking photograph after photograph from the machines or the chemical trays to perfect the desired look. ‘Magenta casts’ will forever be a haunted term for me!!
When I started in digital photography I applied the same techniques I used in the darkroom, experimenting, first with Photoshop and then when I started to use Lightroom I wanted to be able to use it without having to go back to Photoshop. I loved my film days and I still love the film look – I like my digital images to look as fresh and clean as those images I used to produce in the darkroom. I have experimented endlessly for you – picked those metaphorical prints out of my computer screen so that you don’t have to. Honestly – don’t mention it! You are welcome!
HOW DO I IMPORT MY PRESETS INTO LIGHTROOM?
Adding your new presets is easier than you think! They will live in the ‘Develop Presets’ folder and your brushes in the ‘Local Adjustment Presets’ folder which you can easily find by going into Preferences in Lightroom and clicking ‘Show Lightroom Presets Folder’. I have a helpful blog post on how to install your new purchases here.
WILL THESE WORK IN JUST ONE CLICK?
Not always, you may have over exposed or under exposed the image originally. Also the time of day and season that you have taken your image will affect its overall feel. All my presets have 3 versions to try. Once applying the preset you may still want to adjust the exposure level and contrast.
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE THE BRUSHES IN LIGHTROOM
I am uploading videos with top tips to help you understand the tools of Lightroom on my Eddie’s notebook page, there will be lots of helpful information I can share. In the meantime if you are still unsure then I can highly recommend Adobe’s tutorial videos.
DO I NEED TO SHOOT RAW?
Yes. My presets will not work on jpegs.
MY PRESETS DON'T APPEAR IN LIGHTROOM
If your presets aren’t appearing in Lightroom, make sure you don’t have the “Store presets with catalog” option checked in Lightroom’s Preferences. You may also need to restart Lightroom after installing presets.
UPGRADING to LIGHTROOM 6/CC
My presets that are designed for Lightroom 4 and above will not be affected by upgrading. I highly recommend upgrading and particularly to CC (Creative Cloud) if you are not on it as you will get automatic improvements.
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