I’ve recently begun going back through photos I’ve taken over the past ten years and carefully editing some of my favorites. Many of them are shots that I previously reviewed as part of a batch, and at the time didn’t give any one particular photo a meaningful amount of attention. In doing this, I’ve also begun building a portfolio at Shutterstock, one of the more popular stock photography websites. I view it as a bit of a challenge, as their technical requirements and standards are quite difficult to meet. Historically I’ve taken a more artistic approach to photo shooting and editing, and as I first submitted shots, most were rejected. Gradually I’m learning what I need to do to get them accepted,
It’s been over a year since I’ve added a new Lightroom 5 Preset. I’ve actually got quite a few new ones in the works, and over the next few months will plan to post them. Here’s my thirteenth preset: Highland. It’s a vintage looking filter, with nice oranges, reds, and browns. I’ve found that it’s often helpful to adjust highlights and exposure after using it. Below are some examples. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for all the support. A highland cow, which inspired the preset: An old Porsche that was parked outside my brother’s Vancouver apartment when I visited: A couple Mariachi’s waiting for the bus in Meixco City: And a few produce traders in New Delhi: Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: Highland
I spent the holiday in Narragansett with Laura’s family, and we took a long walk on the beach on Christmas day. The weather was perfect for this time of year – almost sixty degrees – and the light in the late afternoon was even better. I hadn’t taken my camera out since the late Summer, and it was great to spend the afternoon shooting. Here are a few action shots I took of Bella playing with some other dogs in the water:
I just updated my Lightroom 5 Presets download file to include the four new presets I’ve added over the past month. For anyone interested in supporting this site, the download is $2.50 and includes the 12 presets I’ve posted to date. As always, each individual file is also available for free. Enjoy.
Here’s my twelfth Lightroom 5 Preset, Iceberg. I created this one when editing shots from Jökulsárlón in Iceland. It looks great on cold icy landscapes, with a low clarity setting making bright objects glow a bit. Here are some examples: Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: Iceberg To install it in Lightroom, simply right click any preset, select import, and then select the downloaded preset file.
Here’s my eleventh free Lightroom 5 preset, Wild West. I’d put it in the vintage photo category — it adds subtle sephia overtones and dulls the saturation. It seems to work best when there’s a subject in the foreground. It’s great for shots of people as well. Here are some examples: Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: Wild West To install it in Lightroom, simply right click any preset, select import, and then select the downloaded preset file.
Here’s my tenth free Lightroom 5 preset, Black & Blue. I stumbled into it by accident when playing around with some shots from Iceland. It’s essentially a grainy black and white filter that keeps and enhances blues. To me, it has a surreal, cold, stark feel. Here are some examples: Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: Black & Blue To install it in Lightroom, simply right click any preset, select import, and then select the downloaded preset file.
Here’s my ninth free Lightroom 5 Preset: Etched. It’s a bold black and white filter with strong contrast and high clarity. This one’s fairly self-explanatory: Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: Etched To install it in Lightroom, simply right click any preset, select import, and then select the downloaded preset file.
Tutsplus.com has a very useful post showcasing examples of 100 free Lightroom Presets. It’s a great resource to find some new ones, and the author, Andrew Childress, included a few of my free presets posted on this site (and did a better job showcasing them than I have). Here are some of the examples Andrew posted of the presets I offer on my site, with the before/after images:
Here’s my eighth free Lightroom 5 preset, China Red. It isolates red in a photo while increasing the contrast to create a somewhat dramatic and focused effect. I’ve actually decided to post two versions — the first isolates red while allowing some orange tones to come through, while the second is identical except that it exclusively isolates red. In situations where there are people in a photo or when you might want to preserve the color in wood, the first is preferable. The second is great when you essentially want a black and white photo with just the red coming through. I originally developed the set after a trip to China with MIT in 2011, and have since used it in many situations. It’s the type