I have been fairly serious about photography for the last 4 years or so. When I started out I would simply take the images from my camera and do some minimal tweaks in iPhoto before uploading my image. I had no idea then about lightroom or filters or presets. As I got more into photogray and began reading articles online and flicking through photography magazines, I started seeing the use of filters getting more popular with photography. I loved the retro look that photographers were able to achieve with digital. Many of the articles I read were saying how great lightroom was with the many available presets, to get quick looks applied to an image.
When I started playing around with these presets I was hooked. For the next year or so I used them on all my images. Around this time I began getting more involved on Twitter. I find its a great resource to chat to fellow for photographers and get inspired. One photographer in particular whose work I was drawn to was Johnny Patience. He is a Photographer based in Ireland and lives with his wife Rebecca. I learnt that Rebecca was also a very talented photographer and created preset sets for Lightroom, After seeing the images on her website processed with these presets I new I wanted to try them on some of my images.
I was recently lucky enough to be sent through her latest pack called Rebecca Lily presets - Pro Set III to test. The presets are easy to install thanks to the included step by step instructions. Once installed in Lightroom there are two folders. The first contains the 81 presets which are divided into five categories - Black & White, Bright Color, Deep Color, Mid Color and Pastel. There is then a folder which contains 44 tools to fine-tune the presets once applied.
Before applying the presets to an image you must be sure that the white balance and exposure is correct. You can then simply select the image and then click the preset you want to apply. With the chosen image selected you can hover over the presets to get a small preview in the navigator panel before you apply. This is great as you can quickly skip through to see which preset might work best for the chosen image. Once the preset has been applied it can then be tweaked using the supplied tools for adjustments such as temperature, sharpness etc.
Each preset comes in three strengths, with version I being a base version and then II & III strengthen the effect. So far I have tried all the presets with some of my favourites being Cleopatra (pastel), Innocence (pastel), Filmic (Mid Color), Chardonnay (Mid Color), Matte Light (B&W) and Audrey (B&W).
I love the look these presets give, and for me they are the perfect fit for my travel images. Below is a selection of some of my favourite presets in action.
These presets really are great if you are looking to give your images that timeless film like quality. They can be used for both digital and film images. I really cannot reccomend them highly enough. Im now looking forward to processing more of my images with these presets.
There Rebecca Lily Pro presets III can be found here.
Thanks Johnny & Rebecca for allowing me to try these amazing presets. I look forward to catching up with you both at #LNDWLK 2.0