If you’ve seen many of my photos, you’ve probably noticed I’m a black-and-white fanatic. Some photos just tell me they need to be monochrome, and then there are the situations where a little something extra is needed. A hint of color. A warm tone completely changes the feel of an image.
After manually tweaking a lot of images, I’ve come up with some standard go-to custom Lightroom presets that get me going in the right direction, and often times I don’t make any further adjustments beyond the preset.
There’s nothing I’m doing to my photos in terms of processing that you couldn’t do yourself. You just have to know what you want and play around with processing until you get it there. Lightroom has made that process MUCH easier than it ever was before. Lightroom changed my life. Really.
If you like the look of my sepia photos (examples: 1, 2, 3), download my custom Lightroom Preset: Sepia. It’s free, and it should help you gain a little more insight into all the adjustments that contribute to the end result. Don’t be afraid to tweak things a bit, maybe you’ll like a slightly different color tone, or a different tone curve, or less vignetting. Experiment, enjoy, and don’t forget to share your feedback and your results!
Now, I know what you’re thinking… Great, a free Lightroom preset. Now what the heck do I do with this file…? Don’t worry, I wrote-up some quick instructions and even recorded a screencast to help you install Lightroom presets in this post.