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Lightroom Preset Pack 1

Updated: Jul 1

To celebrate 10 years of light painting, I have released a pack of 5 presets for Lightroom. This free to download pack contains 3 presets designed for light painting photography, and 2 film simulation presets for portrait or general purpose photography.


Lightroom presets are a starting point for further post processing, so to make the most of these presets, please read the instructions for each preset. These presets are designed for photographers capturing photos with RAW files.


SK_Light_Painting_Standard and SK_Light_Painting_RGB


These presets are the base presets I use for light painting photography such as light plants. The standard preset is more suited for photos created using light painting tools with white light flashlights/torches. I also use the standard preset for cityscape photography. The RGB preset is more suited for photos created using light painting tools with RGB flashlights/torches. I have set the preset exposure to +2, but you will need to adjust this to suit your photographic exposure (I always underexpose to avoid any highlight clipping, which then requires recovering the exposure in post processing). White balance is also set to "As Shot" so you may need to adjust temperature and tint depending on your camera's white balance settings. Photos taken with RGB flashlights often need an increase in temperature towards the warmer end of the scale.


Post processed with the SK_Light_Painting_RGB preset.
Post processed with the SK_Light_Painting_RGB preset.

SK_Urbex_Illumination


This preset is the base preset I use for urbex photography where I illuminate scenes with static warm and cool white lighting. I have set the preset exposure to +1, but you may need to adjust this to suit your photographic exposure. White balance is also set to "As Shot" so you may need to adjust temperature and tint depending on your camera white balance settings. I have added a subtle amount of clarity and vignetting to add to the mood.


Post processed with the SK_Urbex_Illumination preset.
Post processed with the SK_Urbex_Illumination preset.


SK_Fuji_Velvia_Clean and SK_Kodak_Portra400_Clean


These presets are useful for portraits and general photography, and mimic the saturated and vivid Fuji Velvia film, or timeless and classic Kodak Portra 400 film. These presets include the tone curve, color mixer, and calibration settings required to achieve this look. Settings such as white balance, exposure, highlights, and shadows have been left untouched, and will need to be adjusted to suit the photographic exposure. I personally like to increase texture and clarity. Unlike most film simulation lightroom presets, I have omitted the grain settings, for a cleaner, more contemporary look.


Fuji Velvia (left) and Kodak Portra 400 (right) presets. Model: @rosey_estachia


Preset Download Link


Stephen_Knight_Preset_Pack1
.zip
Download ZIP • 8KB

This Lightroom preset pack is available as free download, however, if you find them useful and wish to send a donation to help support this website, please click this link >> paypal.me/stephenklightart


How to install


To install these presets in Lightroom Classic:

  1. Download files.

  2. Open Lightroom Develop pane.

  3. Click on "+" icon on Preset tab.

  4. Click on Import Presets, choose file path to download files. (Unzip should happen automatically).

The presets are .xmp files. They have been created in, and tested in Lightroom Classic. Please contact me on social media if you have any issues with these presets.


If this preset pack proves popular, I may produce a second. Let me know if you have any preset suggestions.





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