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Crazy Black Friday Lightroom Presets Sale - 50% off Storewide

That's right! Every preset* at Love Lightroom Presets is currently 50% off as part of our Black Friday (minus one week) super sale - that's half price in old money!
Because we live down here in New Zealand we figured we'd use the time zone difference to justify jumping the gun a little.  After all, photographers email inboxes are about to be bombarded with offers from Amazon, Adorama and B&H next week and we don't want you to miss out on this deal!
So head on over to the lightroom presets collection to start saving $$$! - don't dither the sale ends abruptly at 7AM Saturday morning (NZT)!
Lightroom presets 50% off sale
*Excludes our free presets, I mean c'mon 50% off free!?  Santa's coming in December...

How to install Lightroom Presets into Adobe Lightroom (Video)

Lightroom presets may be a fast and simple way of creating amazing photos but it must be said that the process of installing third-party presets into Lightroom is a bit fiddly...

We have detailed, step by step instructions on this earlier blog post but many of us find it easier to follow an instructional video for computer based tasks like this - so here's how it's done!

P.S. although the video shows the Mac version of Lightroom, the steps are identical for Windows PC installation - a few of the menu names change but I point out the Windows alternative at each of these points.

Free Lightroom Preset for Halloween | Spice

Just in time for Halloween- a free preset!

'Spice' is designed to add a gorgeous warm orange feel to your images with a little glow added as well. Perfect for pumpkins : )

Click here or the image below to download yours

Enjoy!

Free Lightroom Preset : Pina Colada

We've just added another free Lightroom preset to the free presets page of the webstore - Pina Colada is a feel-good, warming preset that imparts a distinct summer vacation vibe to landscape and travel images. 

Slap on your Havaianas, grab a cold one and let Pina Colada transport you to a sunset beach - for free!

 

 Free Lightroom Preset - landscape warming

Our free lightroom preset, Pina Colada imparts summery warmth to landscape and travel images.

 

Pina Colada Free Lightroom Preset for Landscape photography

In certain lighting conditions Pina Colada develops matte vintage tones  - try it for free, just hit add to cart and head to checkout!

How to reset or revert an image to its original state in Lightroom

Wondering how to reset a photo back to its original, unedited state - as it was when imported? Lightroom makes it super easy, but there are two ways to skin this particular cat - I think one way is better than the other!

I reckon that the greatest feature of Adobe Lightroom is it's non-destructive editing workflow.  What does non-destructive mean? Basically there is nothing that you can do to your image that can't be undone - the original image is never altered, Lightroom simply 'overlays' changes in a seamless manner leaving the source image un-touched.

Even better, your Lightroom catalog retains the step by step edit history for all time - just remember to backup your catalog regularly and you will always be able to review and change your edits.  This is not the case in Photoshop where the editing history is lost every time an image is saved and closed and it is ridiculously easy to over-write an original file with the edited version - especially if you are working with JPEGS!

Customers of our Lightroom Preset Packs often wonder how to get their photos back to the original, imported state after applying a preset. There are two ways to do this - here is a step-by-step guide to both methods:

1. Get into the Develop Module.

With your image selected enter Develop module in Lightroom.

Because we are wanting to make changes to the image settings (reset all changes) we must be in Develop module - click the button shown above or hit the shortcut key (D).

2. Locate The History Panel

The History panel shows a blow-by-blow list of all the edits made on each image - the most recent edit is at the top and at the bottom resides the Import state item.

The History panel sits just below the Navigator on the left hand margin. Open it by clicking the little triangle next to the History title...

3. Reset Method One

One way to reset your edit state back to original Import state is to simply click on the Import item at the bottom of the History panel.

Clicking the Import item reverts the image edit settings to the file's original state.

You will note that the edits are still shown above and any of these can be reselected - but WARNING, if you perform a new edit after you have clicked on this 'Import' line all previous edit history will be overwritten. If you want to avoid losing these edits you are best to use the next Reset method...

4. Reset Method Two

This method allows you to Reset to original state while retaining any previous editing history - handy if you are wanting to try some radically different approach but think you may want to go back to your previous edits...

The method is super simple - just hover over the image in Develop Module and right click to open the contextual menu. Hover over Settings and then click Reset.

This will Reset your image to its original settings BUT it retains all of the previous editing history - I think this is a better method of resetting an image, as it provides greater backwards flexibility!

I hope that this little guide to resetting an image in Lightroom has been of assistance! If you are a fan of our Lightroom presets be sure to remember this method when playing with various preset options! 

Cheers - and happy editing!

Todd

Bluebird Days - Adobe Lightroom Preset Pack

stellar lightroom preset for landscape photography

From drab to dramatic in a single mouse-click - 'Stellar' preset in action!

 

Here at Love Lightroom Presets we are committed to providing solutions to common landscape photography bugbears.  Probably the most surprising gremlin most of us face is making photos of sunny days look great - you'd think that photographing and post-processing blue skies and radiant sunshine would be a walk in the park (on a sunny day, that is) but it ain't! 

Over the years we have created a terrific little collection of presets for use in our own professional landscape photography business that tackle the very subtle but tricky problems that blue sky photography presents.  These individual presets have all been bundled up as the Bluebird Days Presets pack - our second most popular presets pack (Grey Days Made Great is #1). Bluebird days is a blues-busting ninja warrior arsenal of super handy presets that will transform your landscape images with a single mouse click - check it out here!

 

balancing act landscape lightroom preset for blue sky photography

RAW files often look really dull and un-interesting when imported to Lightroom - our 'Balancing Act' preset is very versatile because it uses a raft of subtle adjustments to add balanced 'punch' to images.

How to make better landscape photography compositions - see objectively...

Here at Love Lightroom Presets we sell tools that help speed up your photo editing, but even the very best presets cannot fix a terribly arranged scene. The composition is the structure of a photo, the framework - if you are going to take your photography from garbage to great you will need to learn to see what your camera sees!

Cultivate objectivity – make better photos !  

It is a well-worn adage that photography is the art of seeing, I prefer to think that successful photography results from visual objectivity – the craft of consciously seeing exactly what’s presented in a scene whether it’s good, bad or mediocre.  The ability to look objectively at the world through the camera lens and then remove the visual detritus is a skill that all photographers must master if they are to make compelling compositions.

Quality photographic composition is almost always a subtractive process - drag that dead branch out of shot, zoom in a little tighter to show less of a boring foreground, move position so your car is no longer in shot - all these things subtract something from the photo but add to the power of the composition.

This is a poorly composed image, made moments after stopping the car to photograph this scene. I have included far too much in the shot, including the road and it's distracting white line. There is heaps of visual clutter and the thing that made me stop - the flax flowers is tiny in the overall scene.

By moving closer to the point of interest and changing my framing orientation to vertical/portrait the image becomes much stronger.

A single-click application of our 'Big Sky - mid' preset (from the Bluebird Days preset pack) dramatically accentuates the visual impact of the scene. Effective post-processing can strengthen and enhance a good composition.

Learning to see the world objectively isn't easy, simply because we see with our brains rather than our eyes. Our emotional response taints our view of the world when looking through the lens and our brains convince us that we are making photographic history when all we are doing is making yet another 'blah' photo.  

For me, a great example is bird photography. I'm not geared up for photographing birds but when Ido snap some shots my excitement has me 100% convinced that I am filling the frame with feathers - I develop a form of tunnel vision whereby all I can see through the lens is bird!  Without fail I check my LCD and discover that 95% of the frame is bird-free.  In short, I lose all objectivity when photographing birds, I fail to see what the camera is seeing.

white heron at Milford Sound

I lose visual objectivity when photographing birds - this heron seemed to dominate the frame when I was photographing it, and this particular shot is the best I got, some of the earlier images have about 25 pixels dedicated to the bird!

Ask Better Questions - Make Better Photos!

How do you learn to see? The same way we always learn - by asking questions every step of the way - here are some good ones:

  • What is the subject of this photo?
  • Is the subject visually interesting?
  • Is there anything distracting in frame?
  • What would happen if I moved a few meters?
  • What would happen if I zoomed in?
  • Does this photo actuall suck? - will I really want to bother editing this photo later on?

Ask yourself questions like these every time you set up your camera and I will guarantee that your photography will improve - dramatically!

Lake pukaki sunset by Todd Sisson

  

Sunset at Lake Pukaki - There are no hard and fast 'rules' for composing landscape photos, but I generally try to include visual points of interest throughout the frame - leading lines in the foreground help draw the eye into the frame. I cover the topic of landscape composition in detail in our eBook Living Landscapes, available from Digital Photography School.

 

One Good Reason To Give Lightroom Presets A Go - Speed!

Wondering if you should use Lightroom presets on your photos? I say give presets a go - after all, you've got nothing to lose!

Lightroom presets for landscapes | Resplendent Light maker

Presets save time - this preset from the Add a Little Sunshine pack transformed this image with a single click.

Lightroom presets are a big deal these days but that wasn't always the case... I used Lightroom for over a year before I even ventured into the presets panel and I quickly 'bounced' straight back out!  

That's because the presets that Adobe bundles with Lightroom are pretty uninspiring and of little use to my photography.  It's not until my wife and business partner Sarah started creating her own presets, based upon the landscape photography workflow that we use in our photography business, that I discovered preset's ace in the hole - speed!

Editing photos using a range of quality presets is a huge productivity boost -  I can rapidly scan through dozens of different creative treatments for an image using the Navigator window and then select the look that I am after - usually one click is enough to get a photo looking great, but if some settings need adjusting it is simply a matter of tweaking sliders in the normal manner.

 

Mousing over your installed presets will produce a real time preview of the resulting image - this ones not working for me ...
But the grandeur preset from Sarah's Grey Days Made Great pack works a treat (even with a blue sky!)

 

The beauty of  Lightroom's non-destructive workflow is that ALL of these can be undone at any point with out damaging or altering the underlying file in any way - there is simply no risk involved with applying even the most extreme presets!

So give presets a go and realize the digital photographers dream - shoot more edit less!

Cheers - Todd

 

 

How to backup Lightroom Presets

Back up your valuable Lightroom Presets - Now!

One day, when you least expect it, the many-speckled Chicken of Computing Calamity will decide to roost on your hard drive. On this fateful day you will boot up your computer and be greeted either with the clicking, grinding sound of disk platters shredding themselves at 7200 RPM or the very Simon/Garfunkel-esque sound of silence.  Your emotional state five minutes after this event will entirely depend on your prior commitment to backing up your files - and will run the gamut from mildly inconvenienced to catatonically depressed.

revelation lightroom preset | before & after

It's worth protecting great Lightroom presets like revelation (Grey Days Made Great pack) from the Chicken of Computing Calamity...

'If you are an avid collector of Lightroom presets you can rapidly accumulate hundreds of dollars worth of indispensable presets. Many professional preset vendors, including us good-guys at Love Lightroom Presets, will happily replace your lost presets under these circumstances - but this assumes that you can remember what you lost and where you got it from!

The best option is to backup your presets regularly (preferably at the time of purchase) so you can easily restore them if that calamitous cockerel does decide to pay a visit. The great thing about presets is that they are tiny files and can easily be stored in a free cloud account,  thumb drive or even on your phone.  Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Find Your Lightroom Presets

This bit is easy...

In the main Lightroom menu (top bar) click:

Edit/Preferences (Windows)

Lightroom/Preferences (Mac)

how to backup lightroom presets

This dialog box will open - click the presets tab (see blue tab on top row of box). Then click 'Show Lightroom Presets Folder' - this will then open a file browser window.

The resulting file browser window opens with 'Lightroom' highlighted, not the presets folder - its the one called 'Develop Presets' and the preset files are not called presets they have the .lrtemplate file type - Adobe have always marched to the own beat of their own drum...

how to backup lightroom presets - filetype .lrtemplate

Adobe calls presets 'templates' (.lrtemplate filetype) and they live in the Develop Presets folder...

To backup your presets simply select the Develop Presets folder itself, then RIGHT-CLICK and select COPY from the contextual menu.

Step 2: Select Your Backup Destination

Simply connect your backup device, create a folder - let's call it 'Lightroom Presets Backup' and RIGHT-CLICK again.

This time click 'Paste Item' from the contextual menu - et Voila! your Lightroom presets are backed up!*

Thanks for reading this short article - I hope it helps save your bacon (from that chicken?)

Kind regards - Sarah

* 'off-site' backups are best.  For local backups - Mac users should all be using Time Machine backups as a bare minimum - I'm not sure what the Windows equivalent is though.

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