Presets – Hard Edgy Look
Mar16

Presets – Hard Edgy Look

Before we get to the preset, I wanted to let you know that Datacolor (makes of the Spyder monitor calibration system) is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday March 17 from 2-3pm. Here’s the details. OK, on to the preset. This week I’m going back to an edgier look for a preset. I’ve actually included two in this one – hard edge and soft edge. They’re both pretty contrast and come from a look that I see out...

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The 5 Places I use Lightroom Presets The Most (And the least)
Mar09

The 5 Places I use Lightroom Presets The Most (And the least)

If you’ve ever looked into Lightroom’s Presets folder (Lightroom Preferences > Presets area) you’ll see there are actually a lot of different areas in Lightroom that have presets. So which ones do I use the most? 1. Import – This one is pretty much on autopilot for me. Whenever I import, I have a Metadata template defined (bottom section of the import dialog) with all of my contact and copyright information....

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Preset – Warm and Fuzzy Effect
Feb23

Preset – Warm and Fuzzy Effect

Hey folks. I’ll be heading out to teach at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai later this week (by the way, if you have any “must shoot” places out there please let me know). Anyway, I wanted to make sure I got another preset in before I left. I called this one “Warm and Fuzzy” because that’s what it kinda looks like. Its got a warming quality to it as well as a fuzzy/soft look (from negative clarity)....

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Preset – Wedding Grain Effect
Feb01

Preset – Wedding Grain Effect

Holy cow! It’s February, and more importantly my birthday month It’s also preset day and I’ve got one that’s been asked for quite a bit since I started making presets. It has to do with a “grain” effect and it deals with the new Grain setting in Lightroom 3 Beta. BUT WAIT!!! If you’re not a LR3 Beta user don’t worry. The preset itself still looks cool and still works in Lightroom 2 (it...

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Presets – How to Steal a Preset and Make it Your Own
Dec28

Presets – How to Steal a Preset and Make it Your Own

First off, I hope you had a Merry Christmas weekend. I had a great time with my family and, of course, my kids got way too much stuff. Anyone else have in-laws that, even though you try to moderate how much you buy your kids (sorry, that Santa brings your kids), they still go out and buy crazy amounts of gifts for them? Its all good though and they had a blast which is what counts. Anyway, its a vacation week for me but I had an idea...

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Presets – The Cutting Edge
Dec15

Presets – The Cutting Edge

Its preset time again. This week I’ve got an one with an edgy feel to it. You’ll see it works perfectly for photos like the sample below. Its a little desaturated in nature with some extra exposure and a few other things packed in there. One quick note about the preset that I found was that you’ll probably need to tweak the Exposure setting the most. Depending on the brightness (or lack thereof) of the photo, I found...

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