Lightroom 4 Presets – Vignettes and Edge Darkening

Hi everyone. One of the things that just about all of my photos get is a vignette to darken the edges. It really helps bring in focus on your photos, and makes a great finishing touch. It's also perfect for a preset because it's something that's very repeatable, and...

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Lightroom Presets – Sharpening for Portrait Photos

A few weeks ago I posted some landscape and outdoor sharpening presets for Lightroom. This time around I have some presets that tend to work best for portraits. The main difference is the masking feature. With landscape and outdoor photos we typically want to sharpen...

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Lightroom Presets – Matt’s Auto-Enhance Preset

Hi everyone. I've had a bunch of requests to update my Auto Enhance preset. A while back, I found myself making the same adjustments over and over again. So I figured the Auto Tone settings in Lightroom, along with some of the Vibrance, Clarity and Vignetting settings...

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Lightroom Presets – Fall Colors

This week I'm updating my Fall Color presets. I was talking to my brother yesterday (who lives in the Northeast US) and he was saying how a lot of the leaves are changing color. Now, when I grew up, my dad was absolutely meticulous about our backyard, so the fall...

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Suggest A Lightroom Preset Day

I'm teaching my Lightroom seminar in Orlando today, so I'm bailing out on the blogginess for the day. That said, I thought I'd take your Lightroom preset ideas (I'm posting this here and on my Lightroom site too). I'm pretty close to being out of preset ideas for...

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Lightroom Presets – Fairytale Wedding Glow

Hey everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. I just got back from from shooting the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, WY (photos and report to follow this week) and had an absolute great time. For the most part the weather was awesome and I'm really happy with the photos I...

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Lightroom Presets – Focal Point with Blurry Backgrounds

A few weeks ago I released some Focal Point Lightroom presets that basically help you draw focus to one part of a photo by darkening other areas. Well, I was messing around with the presets the other day and realized that you could also do the same thing by blurring...

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Lightroom Presets – Desaturated Sports Photo Presets

Not a great sports weekend here in Tampa. The Giants beat the Bucs. Even though I'm from New Jersey, I've been in Florida long enough (over 20 years) that I consider the Tampa Bay Bucs my home team. Sadly, my USF Bulls lost to Rutgers the other night too (yes, another...

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Lightroom Presets – Game Day Presets for Sports Photography

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...

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Lightroom Presets – Focal Point Background Effects

A while back I had an idea about using the adjustment brush to create a focal point in certain parts of the photo (by darkening the rest of the photo). The vignetting controls (in the Effects panel) are great for doing this but if your subject isn’t in the middle of...

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