I use using Lightroom Presets like crazy. I’ve decided to add to the mix of free Lightroom presets, with a few of my favorites that come from my Power Workflow2 Lightroom presets.
On to the free stuff. These have both RAW & JPEG versions just like you’ll find in my PW2 collection. You can also find more of my free presets right here.
- Fantasy Sampler. Download Fantasy Sampler
These are a few of my favorite special effects from my Power Workflow. 400 is loosely based on the very popular “300″series by Mikelao. It’s a cool fantasy effect that adds some snappy drama to a scene.
Fantasy is a preset I use all the time, and have found it to be very useful since it gives a creative look. Fantasy Basic is a great lightweight general use effect that gives a nice gentle look. It works great on nearly any image. There’s more variations in the my complete set but this should get you rocking!
More than everyday Presets: POWER WORKFLOW Lightroom Presets by Gavin Seim. Define your style!!
Cruise Control. The Speedy Workflow Presets Download Cruise Control
This set includes 4 presets that are the results of me wanting something to apply to large batches of images, and have them basically auto correct and look great out of the gate. I’ve spent a lot of time playing with this type of preset and I’m pretty excited about them.
Since images vary I ended up with multiple presets, and choose depending on the project. With some of these I manually edited the xml of the preset to get what I wanted. I also found that Lightrooms auto tone feature (used in Full Auto) can be good, but often is makes images too bright, or too dark because it miscalculates exposure. You should find that as long as your exposures are pretty close to correct you can apply “Semi Auto” to them at import and have most images look rocking from the start. Here whats inside the set.
Semi Auto. This is my latest, and I believe my favorite general use batch preset. It auto corrects some things, and adjusts others, to try and make an image that pops, and just generally looks good.
Full Auto. This is just what it says. Applies auto settings to main elements like exposure, contrast etc. I find that while it can be great, it sometimes miscalculates. For those situations I turn to Semi Auto.
-WB. The -WB versions of each preset are the same except they auto correct white balance. Theres no golden rule for WB; and really it comes down to what you think looks good. I have found that in many indoor settings Auto WB works well, and in many outdoor natural lighting situations it is better not use auto WB. Just try them and see what works best for you.
Gavin Seim, Wedding Portrait Photographer