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In 3 Photography Post-Processing Tips, I shared that my favorite photo-editing software is Adobe Lightroom. If you currently do not use Lightroom to edit photos, I highly recommend it! You can get it out here.
It took me a while after I began using it to find out, though, that there are these things called “presets” that can be applied to pictures, like a filter! In one click, the majority of the editing is done and I only have to do some minor touch-ups with shadows/highlights. As you may guess, Lightroom presets save a lot of time and keep photos looking consistent. For all you Photoshop junkies out there, yes, there’s a Photoshop equivalent called “actions.” However, since I am an avid Lightroom user, I will share my 5 favorite (free!) Lightroom presets AND where I got them below:
1. Smart Fill Light
Not gonna lie, 90% of my pictures have the preset Smart Fill Light applied to them. It makes images look sharper and colors pop. This preset looks best applied to pics taken outdoors or in natural light.
2. Vintage Garden
I like to apply this preset to outdoorsy pictures and to plants. The resulting photos really do look like they came out of a vintage album!
3. Big Bold Color
I like to use this one the most for portrait shots*. It’s a subtle preset that evenly brightens the picture and adds a boost of “big bold color.”
*If you’re in the Dallas area and need portrait shots (whether you’re a student, fashion blogger, etc.), contact me for more info!
4. Drama Queen
Who doesn’t love a little bit of drama in life? I like how this preset makes the picture look more textured and “grungier.”
5. Pop Portrait
This preset is for all color-lovers out there! In addition to subjects that contain a lot of color, I found that this preset also works really well with food photography.
Now on to you! What are your favorite Lightroom presets or Photoshop actions? What situations do you use them in? Share in the comments below!
If you don’t have Lightroom yet, you can purchase it from Adobe’s website.
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P.S. Another post-processing tutorial: 3 Photography Post-Processing Tips