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