As some of you may know, we started offering some of the presets we’ve used to edit our photographs in our newsletter as freebies and on Etsy. While I admit that I need to do a better job at promoting our presets (I’m terrible at self-promotion, haha), it’s been one of the goals for the new year to share some more about the processes behind our editing process – including presets!
Speaking of presets, most of our presets are made using photographs taken on our DSLR camera, which may present the question of whether or not our mobile presets still work with cellphone quality photographs. In today’s post, I thought I would address this question while also sharing some other questions we sometimes get emails about that some of you may have about the presets we share.
DO YOUR PRESETS WORK ON CELLPHONE QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes! The above photograph was taken using an older version of my cellphone and edited using one of our presets that I have not released yet as of today. Despite it being taken on a cellphone which is lesser quality than most DSLR cameras, the photograph comes out looking pretty crisp.
However, the quality of the photograph after you add the preset depends on certain factors such as the lighting in your photograph and how focused your camera was when taking the photograph. For example, was there a lot of natural light in the photograph when you took it? Were there harsh lighting and shadows on your photograph? Were some areas of your photograph in focus and others not? It definitely makes a difference!
WHAT MADE YOU START SHARING PRESETS?
It started because I got tired of getting presets and not seeing shades that flattered my skin tone. This is not a slight towards them since often times we create presets with the photographs we’ve taken or used to practice within mind so it’s hard to get everyone’s undertone and shade represented in one preset. Often times adjustments are needed for any presets you purchase.
However, some of them left me looking gray or ashy, so I decided I would start making my own presets based on settings that I liked the most. Some I’ve made warmer and some I’ve made for cooler settings. I decided to share a few as an opt-in and a lot of people resonated with it so I decided to start sharing some as freebies and as paid presets.
THE “PRESETS FOR ALL” PRESETS DON’T WORK IN MOBILE LIGHTROOM. WHY IS THAT?
Those presets currently are for Lightroom CC users. I am working on making some for Lightroom Mobile users, but right now that particular pack. However, you can use this free preset back for darker skin tones that’s available as well! That preset was made for Lightroom Mobile users. You can also email me if you see a free preset for Lightroom CC that you’d like for your mobile app! I’ve gotten emails with requests for that and I am 100% fine with sharing.
HOW DO YOU DOWNLOAD THE PRESETS?
You can download our mobile presets and anyone else’s mobile preset pretty easily into Lightroom Mobile! I wrote a post sharing one of my recommended ways of doing so. There’s also another free preset in that post 😉
DO THESE PRESETS WORK FOR MORE THAN DARKER SKIN TONES?
Some of you may also be wondering since a lot of the presets I’ve shared tend to work for darker skin tones if it works for skin tones that are lighter or fairer. They do! While it definitely varies per preset, when testing them I try to test them on various photographs taken by myself or using some of the RAW unedited photography sites I use to help me create presets. With any presets, you may have to make adjustments, however.
FREE LIGHTROOM PRESET
We like to give out free presets to our subscribers every now and then, just for being subscribed to our newsletter where we share photography editing tips that have been helpful for me! Today, we have another free preset we’re sharing that I’ve titled “The Blogger Preset.”
This free preset is good for those of you who love moodier edits with a little bit of warmth to them. What I love about this preset is that depending on the lighting you can easily have a photograph that evokes a warm vibe or one that’s light, but moody. It’s perfect for editing photographs this time of the year when there isn’t as much lush, green vegetation around and the landscapes are a little cooler than warmer-toned.
If you’re interested in getting it all you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll receive the download right to your inbox!
We hope you like it and we hope this answered some of your questions about our presets!