I was watching the Pittsburgh Steelers/Broncos game yesterday (I’m a Bucs fan, but my son loves the Steelers) and I thought of a preset idea. See, I went to the University of South Florida and when I got a chance to shoot a home game for them I jumped at it.
Now, the photos I delivered to USF didn’t have quite as much “punch” or edginess to them as this preset does. But while shooting my son’s Pop Warner football games last year I realized something. News and wire services don’t want a lot of Photoshop work done to the photos. Cropping, some sharpening and some quick white balance, highlight or shadow adjustments are about all I’d do for those photos. But… the rest of the world… they love the edgy/gritty stuff. Every photo I gave to some one on my son’s team had this effect on it and they loved it. Said it made their kid’s photos look tougher and more professional then the typical high school football field in mid-afternoon.
Here’s a Before/After (btw… the differences show up more when you see the photos larger):
There’s 3 different versions (Light, Medium, Strong) so you can pick your level of edginess for the photo.
Enjoy ‘em and let me know what you think.
- Here’s the link to download the presets for Lightroom 4 (I made them for LR4. You can try them in LR3 but they’re tuned for LR4 specifically).
- And here’s a link to a video on how to install and organize Lightroom presets if you don’t know how.
Have a good one!
I love these presets. I had these presets imported onto Lightroom 6. I have just purchased a new desktop, reloaded LR, but the presets will not import. Any ideas?
I am having the same problem this preset will not import
I know this is several years old but I’d love to give this preset a test run but my version of Lightroom Classic CC 7.0 won’t (or at least I can’t figure it out) allow downloading of xmp files. Might anyone know of a solution other than updating my current version? I updated awhile back and hated the newer version import I love so I degreased back to 7.0. Stuck in my ways, I know.
Thank you from Madagascar !
can anyone tell me how i can get this preset for the current lightroom CC 2016 version this does not work with Lr cc 2016 …I wish i had copied his results if done subtly they were great!
Thank you Matt for the presets. I downloaded these presets just now and it worked a miracle on my sports photos. Thanks mate.
I use these presets for all of my soccer games, just love them. I usually process to get it balanced then apply the light preset, works great you can see my latest albums at http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/new-sports
Grabbing at straws here… Might you (or anyone) know if it is possible to share the settings here or via email perhaps so those of use utilizing LR versions that still use .lrtemplate files instead of .XMP files? My LR CC Classic 7.0 won’t recognize the .XMP files and I’d really like to give this preset a try for my sports images.
I am lioving these presets, here are my latest images from last weekend. http://www.tjpowellphotography.com/twinsburg-ac-soccer-2013-u09-gold-boys-spring-game-72
Awesome, but the Lightroom preset is not available for download
Thank you! This looks excellent! I live in Cuiabá Brazil and do photography for our young, but strong, American Football team, which just won the Brazilian National Championship! This action would have been perfect for those photos if but I didn’t find it until too late. Guess I’ll have it for next season!
Here is a blogpost on one of our games: http://ojphoto.blogspot.com/2012/09/cuiaba-arsenal-football-futebol.html
Thanks, Matt. Awesome time-saver, as usual. FYI, I followed the link to these presets that you had in Lightroom Mag for iPad and they were not listed at this address, just the presets for issue #1: http://photoshopuser.com/lightroom-app-support/
I click on link for Lightroom Presets – Game Day Presets for Sports Photography
and it is not there can u send me link?
Here is a photo of my son processed with this preset. I really like the look of it. Need to get this one framed. He was scoring a goal in this shot over the weekend. http://photos.tjpowell.net/twinsburg-ac-soccer-2012-u11-white-boys-fall-game-3/e426f6690
Thanks Matt. Love your presets!
I don’t know if it’s because of awesome presets, or the advance of video game technology – or indeed both – but the “strong” preset makes the photograph look like a scene from Madden NFL.
Anyway, thanks for sharing. I don’t do much (read: any) sports photography, but you never know when they might come in useful for other things 🙂
great as usual, thanx again Matt
Thank you! I love your presets!!
As usual, you rock! Thanks.