I have people who reach out on a regular basis asking a wide range of photo questions, but mainly about my editing.
So I thought I'd share a little bit + give my Lightroom settings I used for this sunset series.
You can also see how dark I typically shoot. I always, always, shoot dark. However, I also have a powerful camera that allows me to really push the exposure to still get the brightness I want. (Nikon D810)
I don't believe in Presets being a magical tool to fix an image, but I do believe they're a great start. A lot of people ask what presets I use and the answer is: only ones I created myself. Every image still needs adjusting, but it keeps my work consistent in certain areas.
So I will place a preset I have created and make a few adjustments. I will then sync it across the series and make even more adjustments for each image.
Below are my Lightroom settings I used for this sunset series. (Each photo varying slightly.)
LR COLOR EDITS:
- WB: 6,172
- TINT: -7
- EXPOSURE: +1.45
- CONTRAST: +45
- HIGHLIGHTS: -42
- SHADOWS: +35
- WHITES: -21
- BLACKS: -10
- CLARITY: +22
- VIBRANCE: -5
- SATURATION: -11
- HIGHLIGHTS: 0
- LIGHTS: 0
- DARKS: -25
- SHADOWS: -13
- GRAIN: 24
- SIZE: 23
- ROUGHNESS: 28
These photos were also pulled into Photoshop for additional burning & dodging. (Comment below if you're interested in my process with that as well!)
That's cool...but how do I create my own? Especially if I don't know where to start?
Well, if you're like me, then you start by looking at what you like and try to mimic it. I believe along the way you will discover your own style + your own "custom" presets.
Comment below if you liked this post and you'd like to see more photo-editing tips!