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My Presets in Action: Processing Street Photography with QuickLux 2

QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets

Over on my Photography Blog I regularly publish a series called: “Street Photo Diary”. This, as the name suggest, is a series of blog posts dedicated to Street Photography. I usually have a new entry in this series about once every month, and every so often I will go with a different look, or a different style. For the latest issue of my Street Photo diary series, I used my “QuickLUX 2” set of presets as the base look for the photos.

In particular, I chose the specific preset “Qneg-Basic02” as the starting pint. I really like this look, and it’a probably my favourite and most used from QuickLux 2. It’s hard to describe what it is that appeals to me about it. When I was creating it, I was going for the Woodsman / Outdoors style that was popular in certain lifestyle magazines at the time. Since then I like using it on images when it’s a dull day.

As always, I start the process by culling the shots from the shoot. In this case it was from several different shots. I used Lightroom’s “Set as target collection” function to sent a new collection as the destination, and then I went through the previous set of street shoots, and when I came to an image I wanted for this series, I pressed the D key to add it to the collection.

Once I had the project curated into a collection that I wanted to work on, I set about processing them. I had already decided which look to go with, so I started by applying the preset as the base. In this case, as mentioned earlier it was “QNeg-Basic02”. After applying that, I tweaked the exposure slightly. I also added a little extra grain. Here’s a before and after example:

QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom PresetsQuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets

In some cases I did a little more to the shots. I tweaked the curve slightly. The QNeg-Basic02 preset has a slightly raised black level in the curves, and sometimes this can make the blacks a little too grey, so for situations where it was a bit much, I lowered the black point on the curve. In the majority of cases though, the most I would have to do is just tweak the exposure after applying the presets. Here are a few more before and after example:

QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom PresetsQuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets
QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom PresetsQuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets
QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom PresetsQuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets

You can see the original Street Photo Diary blog post here. For more information about QuickLux2, you can find out full details on the product page. There is also a sample of one of the QuickLux presets in the Lightroom Sample Pack if you want to try it before getting the full set.