Two Free Lightroom Presets for Landscape Photographs

I did a lot of research before deciding to give away these 2 free Lightroom presets. I wanted to make sure it was worth the time of my readers.
 
I’ve developed a few presets that I use as triggers to kick start directions an image could take. I designed these 2 free Lightroom presets especially for pictures taken at dawn. It’s by far my favourite time of day to shoot. It’s like a lottery, but the odds are stacked in your favour!
 
Sometimes the sun won’t show, it might be raining or foggy. But whatever the weather, you’ll capture the scene in a way that most people don’t get to see everyday. Colours change from deep blue through to orange and then to daylight in minutes. The scene can go from cinematic-dramatic to plain-Jane in the blink of an eye.
 
The problem is, the dawn shooting window is very short. If you decide to change your location and move – the light will have changed completely. With these presets you can dial back time a few minutes and see how they would have looked moments earlier.
 
I’ve described the difference between the 2 presets below, but here’s an example of each one so you can get a feel for them.

Autumn Dawn Warm

Autumn Dawn Warm G/Y Boost

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Let me introduce you them to you:

Autumn Dawn Warm takes a natural daylight image to a warmer realm with orange and green hues.  Blacks and shadows are lifted. Highlights are subdued.  There is also a slight lift in the clarity to bring out details in the mid-tones. Good for when the sun is a strong influence in the picture.

Autumn Dawn Warm G/Y + is exactly the same except it boosts the greens and yellows. The highlights are more pronounced and enhanced with hints of magenta.


Autumn Dawn Warm takes a natural daylight image to a warmer realm with orange and green hues.  Blacks and shadows are lifted. Highlights are subdued.  There is also a slight lift in the clarity to bring out details in the mid-tones. Good for when the sun is a strong influence in the picture.
 
Autumn Dawn Warm G/Y + is exactly the same except it boosts the greens and yellows. The highlights are more pronounced and enhanced with hints of magenta.
 
These presets can give your images a cinematic feel, favouring the teal/orange look. They are loosely based on the teal/orange look popular in cinema grading these days.
 
You can try them out on a bunch of different images and get a feel for how they affect your images. You might find that they work on a wide range of images and are quite versatile. Who knows, they might work well with urban landscapes too.
 
The 2 free Lightroom presets are yours to use in your own personal or commercial work. Enter your email address in the form for a download link.
 
You’ll get a zip folder with the two presets in there. If you don’t know how to install LR presets, I recommend this guide – How to Install LR Presets
 
If you would like to see more of my work where have started with a preset like this, visit my Life/Adventure gallery. Or my Instagram feed @mecan_ which is chock full of nature and landscape images.
 
Feel free to share this page with other photographers or anyone you think might like a couple of free Lightroom presets. And please let me know if they worked out well for you; I would love to see some results from them!
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Presets are a starting point, not an ending point

Each photograph is different. The exposure, the colour temperature, the colours in the scene. What you would like the image to convey is also important to consider, and personal to each person.
 
I use presets as starting points. To get a feel for different looks and hit upon something I might not have considered. It can be both a great time saver and a great source of inspiration.
 
Please bear in mind that it’s best to think of these presets as guides, or inspiration starters. It’s nice to have a bunch of different presets you can use to quickly flip through various styles. Essentially, one idea can lead to another and that’s productive. If you find yourself staring at an image with no idea of which way to take it, presets can come in useful.
 
This is just the beginning. As I develop more presets that I feel of worthy of your time, I’ll will make them available to subscribers. There is more to come, processing tutorials, photography tips and equipment reviews.
 
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