Lightroom Presets – The "300" Look

I’m getting ready to teach my Lightroom 3 Live seminar in Arlington, Texas today. As always, my invite stands – if you’re coming to the seminar please come on up and say hi at some point. It’s great to see the faces behind the blog.

Now to the Lightroom presets. This one is another update. Sure the movie it was based on (The 300), isn’t new but I still see the style of this preset used all the time. You’ll notice there are 2 presets in the zip file. One of them is for a harsher stronger look (good if you’re looking for that gritty effect). The other one is for a softer look (better for portraits that have women in them).

Here’s a quick Before/After (click for larger image):

• Click here to download Matt’s 300 Look Preset


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  1. Are you still alive in 2016?

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  2. Thanks for the post! I have problems with photo import organization too! I import them to my external hard drive at the same time I import them to LR like you had suggested in a previous video, but thy just seem to get thrown into LR haphazardly even though they are going onto my drive correctly, (into its category, and subfolders,etc) Thanks for all the great info here and at kelby training!

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  3. If you notice a little clear gel like rim around your subjects then turn the fill light slider down some

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  4. Hi!
    I’ve downloaded this, and some others of your presets. They look great!
    Perfect as basis for personal adjustments. : )

    I’ve submitted some photos where I’ve used your presets, to my DeviantArt profile.
    I gave you some credit too! : )


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  5. Hi, would you mind posting a quick link to where to save the presets in the LR?

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  7. Thanks for stopping in Texas! Loved your Lightroom 3 class. Wanted to thank you for doing such a great job but you had a line of people asking questions. Great class and filled in some blanks for me on my Lightroom workflow.

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      • Hello Matt, I love your “The 300 Look” preset. Can you please send me the link again. Thank you,

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        • I would try looking on Matt’s own website (or try contacting him there):

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  8. Matt, have you released your print collage template for lightroom as a preset yet? (It was in your Lightroom overview video). I’d be happy to get that!! Thanks 🙂
    See you in G+!

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  9. Aren´t these two the same ones you posted already like 1-2 years ago, or are they somehow different?

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  10. Thanks for these, Matt, they’re terrific!!!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing! They work great on a bride I just photographed.

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  12. I’ve been using this preset for I think over a year, and it is probably one of my favorite LR presets ever. Thanks so much for putting your work out there and accessible to everyone 🙂

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