Would you want to have the right Tools to Edit your Photos and 20% of your Actions to bring you 80% of your Results?
It might sound like a fantastic result to achieve, doesn’t it? Well, it is indeed a great goal to set for 2017. It is not Science Fiction, but a real result which you can also achieve.
Check this Tool Kit with 40 Lightroom Presets
We put together our in-house tested knowledge from our photographer’s community who reviewed these presets and now we are ready to share everything with you.
But before jumping into the review, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Piotr, and I am the CEO at photler.com. I am a passionate travel photographer and every time I come back from a trip, a get more GB of photos than my age 🙂 Just like you, I’m constantly looking to improve my editing process and I usually get overwhelmed clicking the same buttons over and over again in my editing tools.
Perhaps you already know about the Pareto Principle which says that 20% of your actions lead to 80% of your results. Well, this principle is valid also in photography.
I discovered that you cannot edit great photos without the help of dedicated technology. And this dedicated technology is offered by our good friend,
Viktor is a travel and landscape photographer from Canada, whose been using Lightroom for 11 years now. Working with his presets has increased my result with 80%, by using 20% of those automatized actions such as:
- open shadows
- recover the details from the background
- filter the sky
- boost contrast and clarity
- increase saturation
- increase sharpen
- reduce noise
If I would normally spend 5 hours editing, I can now reduce the time to 2 h thanks to these “automatized clicks”. It is amazing to know that I now have time to work on the business side of photography, and not the producing.
Ok, hero, but what does that have to do with me?
Here are 6 Benefits of using Lightroom Presets which can take YOU to the next level
1. You will be fast
Only one click away and you can apply a set of settings to your image. If what you see does not suit the final goal, you can reset the option and try a different preset.
2. It is a no-brainer & very easy to use
All the presets appear on the left of the screen and if you hover on them (move the mouse over) a short preview will be generated in the Navigator panel.
3. Edit stacks of photos
When you need to edit a group of photos (especially after a photo shoot), you can apply presets to more photos than just one. And here is where the magic happens and time gains value. This way you will have a consistent look and similar appearance to all of them.
4. Less complex editing system
This is the Pareto Principle which allows you to get 80% automatized actions, leaving you more time to work on the other 20% (which are customized).
5. Achieve a specific look
A preset can provide the opportunity to learn how a particular edit was achieved (especially good for amateurs).
6. Bank of ideas
Doing the same thing over and over again, it is easy to fall into the pitfall of boredom. We might also not realize that we can achieve a better look for our images with an alternate method, often a look that we would never have considered. By browsing presets we can gain new ideas and insights to developing our work.
Using free Lightroom landscape presets is a good start to develop your photo post production work and raise the quality of your photographs quickly and without efforts. If you are not confident in using paid filters, try free ones which are not bad either.
In our research, we also asked Viktor a few questions about his system. Here’s what he told us:
- What was the biggest batch of photos that you’ve ever edited and how much time did you save by using these preset
One year, when I returned from one of my trips to Atlantic Canada, I had 3000 brand new photos on my hard drive. In one day I managed to select 60 the best ones and edit all of them with the help of Lightroom Rapid Editing.
- Which one is your favorite preset that can be applied to almost any landscape?
Without the doubt, it is the Natural preset from Landscapes Collection. It was designed as the generic preset that would work with pretty much any landscape image.
- What was your breakthrough in creating this system? In other words, what is your personal “Why”?
The main motivation and personal “why” was to change the balance in my photography in favor of traveling by reducing editing time. Some time ago when I realized that I spent more time in front of the computer than actually taking photographs, I knew it was time to act. This is when I started to work on a new editing workflow.
- In how much time can an amateur in Lightroom learn working with presets?
The learning curve is minimal. The main motivation behind the Rapid Editing System was to simplify and streamline the process of photo editing by making it easier to learn and more efficient to use.
With the Lightroom Rapid Editing, you reverse the process of learning photo editing. First, you achieve results you can be proud of by learning only the essentials. Later, you master more advanced concepts by reverse engineering the system itself.
- Why should we choose Lightroom presets and not Photoshop presets?
The short answer is SPEED.
Now, the long answer.
Let me remind you that the official name of Lightroom is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Basically, Lightroom is the version of Photoshop for photographers.
I consider Photoshop to be one of the most successful and powerful applications ever made. The only problem, despite its name, is that it was not built specifically for photographers.
Photoshop is used by doctors, engineers, animators, designers, and marketers, to name a few and, as a result, offers extensive versatility that also brings enormous complexity.
In 2006, members of the Photoshop team at Adobe released a beta version of Lightroom, a program designed specifically for photographers that addressed every aspect of a digital photography workflow.
The main feature that differentiates Lightroom from Photoshop is that Lightroom was designed to work with enormous amounts of photos at a very fast speed.
In 2006, 100% of my processing and editing was done in Photoshop but, with each new version of Lightroom, the program became more powerful and versatile, taking bigger bites from the Photoshop pie. Now, 90% of my photo processing is conducted in Lightroom and only 10% is conducted in Photoshop. I think I could even increase the share of Lightroom to 95%.
The reason we should choose Lightroom over Photoshop is it speeds up the editing workflow by a factor of 5 or even more.
Introducing the Lightroom Presets Landscapes Pack
No matter if you are a beginner or a professional, you might find this system very useful in your photography endeavor. More precisely, this system is for you if:
- a beginner who wants to learn Lightroom
- an experienced photographer who wants to get to the next level
- an advanced photographer who needs speed
You always wanted to:
- grow your personal style
- edit faster and easier
- need a template to launch your own look and style
- build libraries
Here’s what The Lightroom Editing System for Landscapes includes, explained with images:
- Natural – natural look with rich colors and well-defined skies.
- Sunshine – natural landscape with a warm feel.
- Overcast – an overall toned down look and feel.
- Pinkish Hue – cheerful and happy.
- Tropical Morning – tropical sun and tropical colors.
- Electric – cool and crisp.
- Skyshine– the sky is on fire.
- Easy Cross – a classical cross processing look with green and yellow hues.
- Harsh Shadows – an extra punch with increased contrast.
- End of Summer – a stylish look with a hint of magenta color.
- HDR Blend – when you have bright highlights and dark shadows in your photos, this preset is for you.
- Clock Tower – deep blue shadows and bright highlights
- Point Lobos– bright, clear and sunny.
- Broken Clouds – moody sunset with long, deep shadows
- Drought – inspired by California’s 2013-14 droughts.
- Golden Gate – midday with clear sky.
- High Pressure – aggressive and de-saturated.
- Shark Cove – warm defused light with soft shadows.
- Analog Wave – an old fashioned magazine look.
- Beyond the Reach – super reach color and strong contrast.
Here’s how I played with the presets. I took this photo while in Chile and the weather was kind of dark, foggy and whitish with many elements to focus on at the same time: fog, sky and water.
Still not convinced about the power of this system? Here’s what other users say about it:
So what are you waiting for? We invite you to get this system and tailor it based on your needs. You have nothing to lose. As you might already know, you can’t do great things with no education investment.
And this is the “magic pill” which will bring you to the next level, ahead of your competition.
I encourage you to download Viktor’s Free Collection and take Lightroom Rapid Editing for a test drive. I guarantee you will love it.
Piotr (who now automatized 80% of his work)