what are LIGHTROOM presets AND HOW EXACTLY DO THEY WORK?
ABOUT LIGHTROOM PRESETS
Presets is just a fancy photography word for the word “filter.” Photographers and social media influencers create their own presets. After creating an account, you will import a photo you want to edit and then make adjustments to fix the warmth of the photo, brightness, contrast, change the color hues + so much more! I prefer using LightRoom over other editing apps because you have more of a variety of things to edit. For example, you can change each individual color when you click on the hue tab - you can make the colors muted or more vibrant. You can also copy and paste your setting onto other photos which allows you to edit quicker and to create images that are similar in editing!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOBILE AND DESKTOP?
You can download the mobile version for free and create an account with your Facebook or Gmail account. If you have a Lightroom account already, (this one is $10/month and give you access on your computer), all you have to do is sign into your mobile app and you will have your photos there to edit them! The desktop version works best with RAW images (they will be in the file format .NEF or .CR2 depending on the model of your camera). The mobile preset packs work best for photos shot on your iPhone or Android mobile and allow you to edit your photos quick.
You technically can still use Lightroom Mobile with the mobile preset packs to edit photos from your DSLR camera as long as they are in the file format JPEG or PNG. From a photographer’s perspective, RAW is better and easier to edit with because you can do a lot more with the file. If you’re trying to edit a JPEG image (from your phone or camera), the image is more compressed and will have a harder time trying to “save” those darker/poorly lit images. However, if you’re new to photography and paying $10 a month is not in your budget, you can still edit your DSIf you plan on editing photos in the .NEF or .CR2 format, use Lightroom Desktop version.
If you’re new to the photography industry and paying $10 a month is not in your budget, you can still edit your DSLR images with the free mobile app on your phone using any of my mobile preset packs! This is what I was doing when I first began :)
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD
+ USE THEM ON MY PHONE/COMPUTER?
After you purchase your preset packs, you will receive an email shortly after with a zip file that will expire after 24 hours. Please double check that the email you signed up with is correct and be sure to download the zip file as soon as possible. If the link expires, just send me an email and I will happily send it over to you.
Once you unzip the file (from your desktop email browser), you will see a PDF that contains instructions how to use and download the presets to your phone (mobile) or your computer (desktop) as well as video tutorials editing and the download process.
It shouldn’t take any longer than five minutes to download the presets. It’s super quick and the videos are great if you’re more of a visual learner! :)