Latest Preset Evolution
This is the result of another evolution of one of my presets! Lately I’ve been finding myself tweaking my existing preset a lot and in the same way. The pattern was a sure sign that it was time to try a new version of the preset I’ve been working on for awhile.
This preset is one that I usually use for bright outdoor portraits, but it definitely isn’t what “makes” this photo. Other than the preset, I didn’t actually have to do much because Issa naturally looks so good! Then exposure, white balance, and such was pretty much set exactly what I wanted from inside the camera in the first place.
I think I may try the new tweaks I made for a few more photos and see if this is sort of my next go-to preset.
About my presets
These “presets” I talk about are just recorded steps of processing that I have always done for every picture in this general light/situation. The steps originated way back when I was using Photoshop CS3 and Camera RAW to process everything, now translated and evolved in Lightroom as my main processing tool.
Instead of always doing the same steps, and to ensure some kind of consistency when editing huge series of photos (like weddings), I found myself needing to create these presets to really streamline and optimize my processing. My presets are pretty basic, meaning they never are the final edit, but get me really far and help me stay consistent.
This preset, for example, doesn’t touch my exposure and white balance. Things like exposure and white balance I always try to nail in camera before taking the photo. So post processing is minimal and I preserve my initial vision for the photo as much as possible.
For those who are already well versed and much better than this than me, sorry for the lengthy explanation ;)