I spent some time yesterday exchanging quick chats with fellow photographers on Twitter regarding Lightroom Beta 3. By all accounts, the beta version of Lightroom 3 appears to be stable and very close to being complete. However, with that said, I still don’t recommend using it as your primarily library application until it’s released in its final form. One of the things I love about Lightroom is the really cool developing presets. It took me three clicks to change today’s photos. Three different presets…three clicks…three different looks. Bing, bang, boom. Oh, it’s addictive. For those of you that don’t know what a preset is, please click HERE and HERE for an explanation. Presets can make your life easier and are a serious addition (and addiction) to any photographer’s work flow. Not to mention they can be straight up fun. So I thought I would share the name of a few sites I visit to download the latest presets. Ononesoftware, the creator of some great plug-ins, provides several presets free of charge for download – just click HERE and scroll down to free downloads. If you use Lightroom and you’re not following Matt Kloskowski's blog, well, shame on you. This guy kicks out presets faster than I can get them downloaded and installed. Check out Matt’s archive of presets by clicking HERE. Adobe Exchange is another wonderful location to check out the latest presets. Keep in mind that not all Adobe Exchange presets are free, but not all good things in life are free (accept my blog of course..;) Click HERE to check out Adobe's Exchange. Lastly, if you dare, you can make your own presets and to learn more about how to do that just click HERE. Now, for me, I use presets as a starting point in some cases. I’ll apply an effect and simply tweak the images from there. It feels like cheating, I know, but it’s very useful in speeding up your work flow and providing creative alternatives along the way. Don’t take my word for it. Download a few presets and tell me what you think.
p.s. If you know of some sites with great presets then comment on my blog so others can check them out.