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I love Free Lightroom Presets

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Adobe Lightroom is a powerful photo management and editing application that gets better and better with every release. Like any new piece of software it can be daunting editing your images and understanding some of the controls. Fear not though, Lightroom ships a number of “Lightroom Presets” and the good news is there are a stack of photographers out there developing and supplying (many of them free) their own custom presets. If you have some free presets and you want us to link please get in touch via the contact form.

Free Lightroom Presets

Presets are simply a one click image transformation for your photos. Personally I think if you are going to get the most from Lightroom you should think of presets as a starting point, i.e. add the effect and then apply your own future adjustment to attain the desired output, don’t just apply a preset and export.

I have been using a range of presets over the last month and in addition to the obvious benefit of transforming my images I have also learned a considerable amount in how the ‘Develop’ tab works in Lightroom and how to manually manipulate my photos.

Admittedly not all presets out there are free but any I have paid for have cost around $10 for a set which is perfectly affordable (just). In buying presets I am not sure I am buying anything extra special but removing the hassle of going looking for the free alternatives.

Installing Presets is simple. Load Lightroom, select any image and click on the Develop tab on the top right of the application. Now right click in the presets tab (left of the screen and select “install”). Find the preset you have downloaded and want to install and Lightroom will add it to the Presets menu.

As your list of presets grow you can create folders for easy management and access. There is a complete guide to installing LR Presets in the Long Exposure eBook (that also comes with some presets for long exposure photography).

Sources of Free Lightroom Presets

Sleeklens Free Lightroom Presets
Fix the Photo Free Presets for Lightroom
Pretty Presets Free Lightroom Presets
Photonify Free Lightroom Presets
Photography Pla Presets
Preset Love
Vintage New York Preset
Max Payne Style Preset
Laconic Presets
Albert Debruijn
Rebecca Myers Presets
Moody Gritty Preset for Lightroom
Two Free Hollywood Presets
Better Black and White
Preset Heaven
Pretty Presets
OnOne Lightroom Presets
Sleek Lens Preset Starter Pack
Loaded Landscape Free Lightroom Presets
Free Presets for Pet Photography
Free Presets for Bodybuilding Photography
Lightroom Presets Galore

FlixelPix Presets

FlixelPix Black and White Lightroom Preset Collection
Moody Nature Presets (Premium)
New : FlixelPix 100V Lightroom Preset.
New :  DJI Mavic Air Lightroom Presets.
FlixelPix Lightroom preset : Winter Drama.
FlixelPix Free Lightroom Preset : Binnian Dark
Binnian Lightroom Preset for Landscape Photography.
Vintage Wash Lightroom Preset
Lightroom Preset : Autumn Fresh
Macro Preset
Vintage Lightroom Preset
FlixelPix : Grit – Black and White Portrait

Lightroom presets are a great foundation for processing an image. I’ve gone from using a series of presets to developing my own unique catalogue that I use on a regular basis but only ever as a starting point.  If you have discovered any good sources of free Lightroom Presets please feel free to post them in the comments.

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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