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Considering Presets for Lightroom and Adobe ACR

Photography Presets

If you speak with any seasoned photographer, they will tell you there is undoubtedly 2 sides to all photography.

  • 1st – Production – Taking photos of your subject
  • 2nd – Post-Production – Editing your photos

Each can be fun, but each can be very difficult to master especially if you don’t know where to start. This article on working with models on TFP shoots is a great way to find subjects for free and start working with teams of creative people. With that said, what about editing?

Editing programs

When I first started photography I was lucky that I had a foundation of learning with Adobe Photoshop. I’ve been using it for my professional design career, but never for photo editing. I never knew the potential Photoshop provided when editing photos until I dived into photography.

There are two photo editing programs that are available from Adobe. Photoshop and Lightroom. Each provides unique capabilities that I may explain in another post, but right now let’s concentrate on the presets. Also, there are many other editing programs available for MAC and Windows machines, but again, I want to concentrate on the presets for this article.

So, what are Photography Presets?

When you edit a photo in Lightroom or Adobe ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) you are using sliders to edit your photos and adjust different settings. These sliders cover everything from color temperature, exposure, hue saturation and more. The great thing is, when you start editing and developing your own style, you can save your settings into photography presets.

Photography presets are files from Lightroom or Adobe ACR that are used to recall specific editing preferences and settings for your photos. These settings can be applied to single or multiple photos to help maintain consistency in your post-production work.

Why you should use presets

  • Consistency – To reiterate, one of the best things about using photography presets is creating consistency in your work. Check out Instagram and look up some of your favorite photographers. There is a really good chance they use custom saved presets in order to help speed up their workflow and create consistency in their work. The photos have a unique style and this is part of the brand they created.
  • Speed – You can easily upload 100 images and apply the same preset to every photo and you
  • Style – create your own style or mimic other people’s styles with presets. Film presets are very popular these days along with HDR and more.

Should you buy other people’s presets

There is no reason you can’t use photography presets from other photographers. Selling presets is a big business and can help you create a style of your own. Just make sure to use these purchased presets as a foundation. You’ll want to make some tweaks to the preset settings after you have applied to your photo so you can create your own style.

You can also use these purchased presets to learn how photographers edit photos in post-production. Apply a custom preset to your photo and see review the settings. See how the photographer has played with tones and colors in the photos.

Create your own presets

Once you become comfortable with your style, you might find there will be others that would love to mimic your style. Creating your own presets is a way to monetize your photography skills and generate another form of income. You can find tutorials online for creating your own presets.

Learning as you grow

You will come across thousands of photography presets on your photography journey. Don’t let them become a distraction and allow yourself some flexibility as you grow as a photography. Best wishes, and happy shooting!

Some of my favorite Photography Presets

Some of my favorite presets are more film style. They are made to mimic old film camera emulsions. This particular style is not for everyone, but it is one of my favorites since I started photography.  Here are a list of some of my favorite film photography presets.

Check them out when you have a chance. There are some great examples on the websites.


Jason Dallas Portraits Model Test ShootsJason The Creative – Dallas Portrait Photographer

Photography just decided to grow on me and I never looked back. I am a portrait photographer growing and specializing in model test shoots. Every one starts somewhere and this is my story. Instagram.com/jasonthecreative


What’s in my camera bag

My Portrait Photography Gear for Model Test Shoots

Sony a7riii Mirrorless Camera
High Resolution Studio Camera
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Great Photo & Video Camera
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster
Best Portrait Lens
Sony 35mm F1.8
Great wide lens for lifestyle shoots
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
First lens I purchased – Amazing and light
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster
Best all-in-one Portrait Zoom Lens
Sony 24-105 f4.0 G Lens
Best all around walk-around lens

Secondary Portrait Photography Camera and Lens

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera (crop-sensor)
Small & amazing quality
Sony 16-55mm f2.8 G Lens
Super sharp and versatile

Sony Mirrorless Bodies You Should See

Sony a7rii
High Quality Studio Camera
Sony a7ii
Great General Purpose Camera
Sony a7sii
High Quality Video Camera
Sony a6600
Photo and Video Camera
Sony a6500
Crop Sensor Video Camera
Sony a6300
Amazing Budget Starter Camera

Full-Frame Lenses You Should Check Out

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 70-200 F2.8 Lens
Amazing Quality Zoom Lens
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 Lens
Superb wide-angle Lens
Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens
Great Budget Portrait Lens
Sony 24mm F1.4 Lens
Sharp Wide Prime Lens

Crop-Sensor Lenses You Just Might Need

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 18-105 F4.0 Lens
Awesome Video Lens
Sigma 16mm F1.4
Great YouTube Lens
Sigma 30mm F1.4
Sharp & Light Weight Lens
Sigma 56mm F1.4
Go-To Portrait Lens

My Current Off Camera Studio Flash Lighting / Location Kits

Profoto Air Remote TTL-S
Remote Trigger
Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit
Portable light strobes
Profoto OCF 2×3 Softbox
Portable soft light modifier
Profoto OCF Softbox 2ft Octa
Small direct soft box
Profoto 41in Deep Medium Umbrella
Main studio modifier
Profoto OCF Speedring
Modifier connector


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