Don’t the weeks just fly past! I can’t believe I am already on the 29th May Portfolio updates. Again I should have worked harder on these Portfolios but I got distracted and decided to have a few days doing abstract work. In fact I am quite pleased that a few of my abstracts have been accepted by Adobe Stock.
It is bank holiday weekend here in the UK and as we are planning to go away for a couple of days soon.. our weekend has been spent fixing up the garden and doing mundane chores…. nothing Photographic at all. I don’t know about you but taking a break from photography to do other things.. gives you more incentive and inspiration when you return to the hobby that you love.
In my topic of Lightroom discussion today I thought I would talk about Presets… I love them and use them all the time. Some I have created and others I have purchased primarily from Matt Kloskowski and Serge Ramelli.Aas well as the many free sets of Presets available on the internet ready for download to be used in Lightroom. For me Presets are a starting point. If I use a Preset I like to make it my own… in a sense by altering the sliders … adding more radial filters, graduated filters etc. Using Presets in Lightroom cuts down a lot of your editing time. And if you like a particular Preset, say one you created which represents your style of editing, then you can always save that Preset to use on other Photographs.
Lightroom Presets are the starting point for me at times, especially if I don’t know what style I want my image to take. I try different Presets and then work from there. As Lightroom is non-destructive it doesn’t matter what you do to your image… your original image will stay exactly the same as when you took it.
Sometimes I use virtual copies of an image to use different Presets and alterations to see how far I can take an image. Lightroom is versatile, easy to use and above all a time saver when editing if you use Presets.
Until next time.. experiment with Presets.. start off with a stand Preset and let your imagination wander… and if you like what you have created then save your Preset … you never know you might want to use it again in the future.