Before & After

Now that we've talked about all the important things, we can get to the good stuff: actually seeing these presets in action. I'm going to share about each preset and show you some examples of before and after as well as talk about the kinds of light and feeling that you will need in order to make these images really stand out

LT- 01

This is my standard preset that I apply upon import. The preset is designed to work in nearly all situations and features warm skin tones, deep shadows, punchy blacks, and brighter highlights. When using this preset, it's important to know that this preset is developed for shooting underexposed. You will likely need to either shoot underexposed or drop your exposure on your images for the settings to look their best.

Pros: Great Skin Tones, Deep and Cinematic Blacks, Great Contrast

Cons: Requires Underexposure or adjusting the exposure 

 
 
 
 

Lt 02 

The key for this preset is it's latitude for customization. This preset highlights a reduced saturation in green and also a flatter, but malleable highlight of the midtones, which means that the skin and environmental texture can be adjusted for mood and feeling based on the lighting.

Pros: Reduced Saturation makes it versatile, more texture and grain for an aged look

Cons: Can appear more flat out-of-box, heavy initial shadows

LT 03 

The key for this preset is it's latitude for customization. This preset incorporates more color and is designed to be used in open shade, backlit, sunset, or with direct flash.

Pros: Versatile in all lighting conditions, simple

Cons: Can be too simple, which might bring one to keep tweaking it

LT 04 

This preset is the deepest, most contrasty of the entire set. It's great for dramatic lighting situations or if you want to emphasize the depth of the blacks and shadows. If the shadows are blacks are too deep, it's a quick fix, just bring those colors up and you're back on level ground. Of course, the skin tones are still strong, and there is a gentle mix of cool and warmth in the highlights and shadows.

Pros: All around great color, great contest, depth, skin tones

Cons: darks can sometimes be too dark, less easy to tweak (aside from the shadows, which is easy)

LT 05 - B&W 

Of the three black and white presets in the pack, this one (and 06) are my go-to at all times, but each for different reasons. With 05, there is a subtle, softness with the preset that results in muted tones. The result is cinematic and deep, without feeling flattened out and crushed.

Pros: Timeless coloring, blacks have shadow retention

Cons: Can appear flat if the photo is overexposed

LT 06 - B&W 

Punchy without being overwhelming; elegant without feeling forced. This preset increase the overall brightness of an image and results in a punchier photo with the focus being brought to the subject due to the highs/lows of the black and whites. 

Pros: Works great for a brighter photo or for drawing attention to the subject, well balanced, very little modification other than exposure

Cons: May need to bring down expouse

LT 07 - B&W 

The key for this preset is it's latitude for customization. This preset highlights a reduced saturation in green and also a flatter, but malleable highlight of the midtones, which means that the skin and environmental texture can be adjusted for mood and feeling based on the lighting.

Pros: Different, Specialized, Dynamic, Signature Look

Cons: Highly unique, highlights can sometimes be too crushed

LT 08 - Full Sun 

This bonus preset is designed for a variety of things—it's essentially a jack-of-all-trades...but master of none. I decided to include it because it can be really useful for setting a base and when it strikes, it strikes hard, but sometimes it can require more work out-of-the-box than other presets. It's designed to work in full and direct sunlight. There is a distinct level of magenta-warmth in both the highlights and shadows, which can help restore skin tones in harsh sunlight. With that, the shadows are greatly pulled back, so if you want to adapt it for a photo in shade or overcast light, simply drag the shadows down to about 0 and you'll have a slightly warm, well balanced preset

Pros: Incredibly precise in the right scenarios, great skin tones in harsh light

Cons: Highly specialized, not useable in every situation