Lightroom Presets

New Lightroom 4 Presets – The HDR "Look"

I’ve mentioned before that coming up with new preset ideas has been pretty difficult these days. I feel like I’ve run through just about every preset combination possible in Lightroom. I mean, there’s only so many ways you can move a few sliders right 🙂 It doesn’t take long before they all start looking the same (maybe with just a different name).

That’s why I was really psyched when I saw the Lightroom 4 changed some of the Develop module settings. Mainly because the changes are fantastic and help me edit my photos better. But, if I’m really being honest here, the changes open up more possibilities for new presets as well as a chance to go back and tweak some older presets too.

I knew right from the start that I was going to create a preset that simulated an HDR “look”, so here’s my first one. There’s 3 different versions of it (Light, Medium, and Strong) and each has a few of the new sliders incorporated into it as well as some other settings. As always, let everyone know what you think. However, I caution you now… if you’re one of those that don’t like HDR photos then you may want to consider staying away from these presets 😉 I’m just sayin’.

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

• Download the presets here.
• Here’s a link to a video that shows you how to install the presets



  1. Leigh-Anne 27 July, 2012 at 22:52 Reply

    How on earth am I going to get all the same presets I had in lightroom 3 (the CD of presets I got with the Lightroom 3 book) – but in Lightroom 4?? I can import them but they dont work the same… 🙁 Do I have to use 2 lightrooms? Is there a Preset Cd that comes with the Lightroom 4 book??

  2. Gene Kimball 18 January, 2012 at 16:58 Reply

    I have to agree that there are a finite number of presets one can use with LR’s slider settings that are significant. Still, I have a great many of your presets and find them great timesavers as well as artitistically aesthetic. I have downloaded and started using LR4B and have noticed a difference in the sliders though I am not certain of how big a difference. As you appeared to indicate that these were created with LR4B, it would seem that they would not be as effective with LR3. Who knows? I will have to take a look and see.

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