Okay. Now that we’re through with the basics, it’s time to get into the finer aspects of preset customization – that can really help you achieve a look which is distinctly your own; as well as where necessary, make certain adjustments to turn a pretty decent capture, into the perfect shot.
For those of you who like the ‘Faded Film’ effect in photos, you will be pleased to know that every preset we sell, comes inclusive of a Fade – variation. These were created via the use of Tone Curves, which we’ve designed to both soften highlights, as well as weaken deep blacks. So don’t be shy to try out the additional variations in your purchase to see which one(s) you prefer the most.
Color Fringing in photos, also commonly referred to as ‘Chromatic Aberration’ is a phenomenon that can occur around the edges of objects in the form of a blurry (and often purplish) border, as a result of lens’ dispersions of different colored light. And while this is less likely to be visible when operating more expensive equipment, it still does and can happen, particularly when contrast is high (i.e. in harsher lighting conditions). So what can we do about it in post-processing? Thankfully LR and ACR have built good functions to counter this effect and they can be found in the ‘LENS CORRECTION’ tab. To start with, click into the ‘Profile’ menu and tick Remove Chromatic Aberration if it isn’t already ticked. After you’ve done that, switch back to ‘Manual’ and drag the sliders under Defringe while closely observing your image until whatever fringing you can see is no longer apparent.
Especially when shooting at larger apertures (i.e. smaller f-stop numbers), sometimes depending on your equipment, you will notice a soft dimness bordering your images. So if personally, you quite like this, there is nothing you need to do about it. But if, like me, you wish to reduce this in more obvious cases, here’s how to do it. Simply go to the ‘LENS CORRECTION’ tab in LR/ACR and click into the ‘Manual’ menu. Then move the Lens Vignetting slider until you’re satisfied with the end result
With some of my best images coming from backlighting my subjects, it’s only natural that every now and then, a little too much haze for my preference, finds its way into the shot. So what can you do if you find yourself in the same position? This one’s easy. Using either LR or ACR, bring up the ‘EFFECTS’ tab and adjust Dehaze as you see fit.
And with that, you have mastered all the skills you need in order to 100% utilize our presets. You may notice that we have steered clear of multiple other editing tabs within LR and ACR as part of our tutorials. The reason for this, is that the settings in those tabs, are precisely what we have ‘pre-configured’ in order to create the magic behind our presets. So you are certainly welcome to see what they are, but know that changing them will no doubt alter the integrity of the look you have purchased. It is therefore our recommendation that if you wish to significantly modify certain elements within the preset, that you first back up an unchanged copy before experimenting away. In fact, we encourage it 😀 After all, the capture and editing of photos is a never-ending learning process. So don’t ever stop advancing your knowledge. To learn more about my experiences as a wedding photographer, check out some honest articles I’ve written in regard to the industry.