4 Key adjustments to maximise the use of your Lightroom mobile presets
Perhaps you had your eye on some Lightroom mobile presets for a while and after finally deciding on purchasing. You download your preset only to test them and realise your pictures don’t look like the sample pictures.
All photos are different as they are all taken with different cameras and in different lighting conditions, this of course alters the effect of the preset in use.
Just because your presets didn’t work with one click it doesn’t mean you should give up on them just yet.
Most of the times all you need to do is some basic adjustments before your photo is looking great.
Here are 4 key adjustments to help you make the most of your presets.
Within the light tab you’ll find exposure, shadows, highlights & blacks. The correct exposure can make a big difference in how your preset will affect your image but paired with adjustments on the shadow and black sliders and you can achieve the perfect result.
The white balance can have a great impact on the final result of your photos.
When editing on Lightroom mobile the Colour tab is your best friend, here you can find the temp & tint slider.
Make slight adjustments to the temperature or tint sliders as needed. If your image appears to warm, adjust the temperature to the left. There’s a green tint throughout an image? move the slider towards the right to add magenta to balance the green or vice versa. Play with the sliders until the image feels right.
In the photo below you’ll see how just a change in temp can make a huge difference. The sunset feels a bit cool just by moving the Temp slider to the right you can see the impact it has on the image creating the mood we wanted. Remember this all depends on what you feel looks right as with photography a lot of it comes to personal taste.
In the Colour tab you also find saturation and vibrance, we recommend using the vibrance slider to increase the intensity of the colours. The difference between vibrance and saturation is that vibrance increases the intensity of muted colours more than already saturated colours without affecting the skin tones too much.
Our favourite tool is Colour mix where you can play around with individual colours using the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance).
The MIX tool is a great option because it allows you to adjust each colour individually as needed.
Do you want brighter blues? Select the blue HSL and increase the luminance. Do you want the blue to be more aqua? move the hue slider to the left. Do you want a more intense blue? move the saturation slider to the right. You can do this for any colour in your picture.
Adjusting skin tones
A common issue when people first start using presets is that the skin doesn’t look quite right.
Depending on your camera and the lighting conditions some presets may affect skin tones, if your not happy with the tone of your skin. Use the Colour Mix and select the orange HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) to tweak your skin tone until you are happy.