Lightroom Presets – Sharpening for Landscape and Outdoor Photos

I always get a lot of questions about sharpening in Lightroom and what settings to use. Well, if there’s ever a place where presets work great, sharpening is one of them. For the first round of sharpening presets, I figured I’d create a set specifically for landscape and outdoor photos. You’ll find these presets work best on photos where you want just about everything sharp (something that’s typical for...

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Lightroom Presets – Matt's Auto-Enhance Preset

Hi everyone. I’ve had a bunch of requests to update my Auto Enhance preset. A while back, I found myself making the same adjustments over and over again. So I figured the Auto Tone settings in Lightroom, along with some of the Vibrance, Clarity and Vignetting settings that I always use made it a perfect candidate for an auto preset to apply in the Import dialog. There’s 3 Different Downloads For This One So here’s the...

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Lightroom Presets – Fall Colors

This week I’m updating my Fall Color presets. I was talking to my brother yesterday (who lives in the Northeast US) and he was saying how a lot of the leaves are changing color. Now, when I grew up, my dad was absolutely meticulous about our backyard, so the fall season only reminds me of many days of raking leaves after school – not pretty colors. But as an adult I can appreciate the season more (especially since I live...

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Suggest A Lightroom Preset Day

I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in Orlando today, so I’m bailing out on the blogginess for the day. That said, I thought I’d take your Lightroom preset ideas (I’m posting this here and on my Lightroom site too). I’m pretty close to being out of preset ideas for Lightroom. I’ve been making them for so long that I simply don’t have any ideas left. So I’m turning to you guys: Things to...

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Lightroom Presets – Wedding Fairytale Glow

Hey everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. I just got back from from shooting the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, WY (photos and report to follow this week) and had an absolute great time. For the most part the weather was awesome and I’m really happy with the photos I got. Anyway, here’s an update to an old preset I released way back. It was a really popular one and it needed an update for Lightroom 4 pretty bad since it...

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Lightroom Presets – Focal Point with Blurry Backgrounds

A few weeks ago I released some Focal Point Lightroom presets that basically help you draw focus to one part of a photo by darkening other areas. Well, I was messing around with the presets the other day and realized that you could also do the same thing by blurring the background too (with negative clarity). When you add the darkening effect along with the blurred background you have a really cool way to draw attention to parts of...

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