Afternoon all! I’ve been asked about my workflow after a shoot a lot so here we go!… along with some free stuff.
Shoot > Lightroom > Photoshop
I really don’t like how photos come out of the camera:
Yuck! its so DSLR looking… and boring.
FIRST After doing a photo session I’ll backup a copy of all the cards. Then proceed to make my initial edits. This means that I am going through all the frames and selecting the ones that I will edit. (Usually this is the longest process for me)
SECOND I will take the selected shots and load them into Adobe Lightroom. This is where I will make my second round of edits which includes: color correction and exposure correction.
Over time I started to notice that there was a certain color palette that I was attracted too and consistency use among different shoots. Cut down time on my workflow I started making my own user presets (the ones I’m giving away here.)
THIRD I would first apply my own preset as a base and then begin working and tweaking the photo within Lightroom.
This means that my presets ARE NOT MEANT TO BE FINISHING FILTERS LIKE INSTAGRAM
FOURTH Once I’m happy with my edits in Lightroom I’ll open up the file into Adobe Photoshop where a bunch more edits and adjustment layers are made.
I’ve attached in the link below a zip folder of the presets I created over time to develop the “look” I use. (*Note: I have no idea what this look is called some of you have said: vintage/film/tones/colorful… lets just call is mellyish for now xD)
Inside there are 6 presets
When I import the first round of selects into Adobe Lightroom, I load the photos with my Import preset which pretty much sucks the contrast out of the file. Mmm flatness!
This is my go-to base for making a black and white photo. Once again its completely flat.
3. BW-High Contrast:
Same as the previous BW, just with a little more punch.
Sometimes I like adding Yellow in my highlights and Blues in my shadows.
Other days I want Yellow in my highlights and Magenta in my shadows.
Sometimes Yellow highlights and Red shadows work.
Pretty much I like to start off my editing as flat as possible, make specific adjustments, then make even more adjustments in Photoshop.
Good luck and have fun! Download