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Presets in Action: Snow Images with Industrial Iron

I had originally created my Industrial Iron set of Lightroom presets primarily to be used on the urban decay genre of photograph. I had gone for certain tones that I felt would enhance the industrial and mechanical look, while giving a kind of harsh and bleak tonality to images. But the presets work well in other circumstances too.

We recently had some heavy snow where I live, and I went out to take some photographs in my area while I could. When processing the images, I was trying to give them a stylised look, and quite by accident, I tried some of the presets from the Industrial Iron pack on the images. They actually worked really well, and I ended up using them as a basis for the look on the whole set of photos.

Below is a selection of images from the shoot. You can see the full photo essay here on my Photo Journal. Industrial Iron is available now from here on the store.

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Introducing Film Candy LUTS

I’m happy to introduce my first new digital product of 2018, and something that I’ve been working on for quite some time. Today I’m launching a new set of LUTs based on my “Film Candy” series of Lightroom presets. This set of 75 LUTs contains looks from both Film candy 1 and 2 and have been designed to be used in popular video applications as well as stills software such as Luminar 2018 and Photoshop.

To give you an idea of how these work in real life, I put together a little video showing the LUTs in action. This was created in FCPX 10.4 using he new built in LUT tool.

The History of Film Candy

Film Candy was the first digital product that I ever created, and it was originally developed for Apple’s Aperture. There were three releases of the original Aperture presets, and these were small packs containing a few presets each. When I switched entirely to Lightroom, I created Film Candy for Lightroom, which combines ideas from all three of the original Aperture versions, and creates similar looks for Lightroom.

These LUT versions of film candy are based on the Lightroom Presets of the same name, and are a collection of looks derived from both Film Candy 1 and Film Candy 2 for Lightroom.

Creating these was actually a little harder that I had anticipated. There are many tools available to convert Lightroom presets into LUTs but it turns out it’s not that straightforward. You need to use specific source images to make sure all colours are covered, and even then if you get some things wrong, you can make unusable LUTs. It took a lot of trial and error to get these right.

The LUTs are available now on my store for €25. Its a pretty big pack with 75 LUTs and it’s approximately a 150mb download. For the launch it will be on sale for €20 for the first two weeks.

(Price includes VAT based on the Irish vat rate, but will vary depending on your location. The store will show you the current price based on your local Vat rate. Outside the EU price will be shown exclusive of VAT)

To try out these LUTs and to make sure that the format works for you, I have created a sample pack with 5 LUTS from the overall pack for you to try. You can use this to make sure you can use these before you buy. The sample pack is available to download from the product page on the store.

Stay tuned to my YouTube channel too, I’ll have some more tutorials on how to use these in applications such as Final Cut Pro and Luminar soon.

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Presets in Action: Enhancing the mood, Creating Filmic Black & White with T-Pan for Lightroom

Howth in Black and White with T-Pan for Lightroom

A little while ago I got up early in the morning and headed to a little fishing town just north of Dublin to get some morning shots of the sleepy port coming to life. I had originally hoped that it would be a nice bright morning, and that I would capture the early rays of the sun over the sea and the harbour, but instead a thick cloud was down, and it was beginning to rain.

I wasn’t disappointed though, I was actually happy, because the result was a really moody light. I got a great sequence of shots of the port waking up, and fishermen leaving to go about their day’s work.

When I got back to the studio and started processing the photos, I actually tried a couple of themes. With the moody light, and rich blue of the morning, I started by using some looks from my QickLux2 set. I created a whole sequence using these looks, but while experimenting, I also wanted to try some black and whites. When I started going through my presets, I realised that I was getting a really filmic look with T-Pan, and so I ended up creating a set with that too.

I originally created T-Pan to be as close to film as possible, but sometimes it works better than others. It depends a lot on the source material, and in this case I think it works out really well. For some of the shots, it actually makes them look almost like they were taken years ago.

Tip: One of the tricks to make something look more film-like when using film presets in Lightroom is to turn the sharpening off. Some presets have this baked in, but I kept the sharpening untouched with T-Pan. So, if you want to add a little of the film like softness, turn your sharpening off. The grain will add a sense of sharpness anyway.

Below is the sequence I created, as well as a couple of before and after shots:

T-Pan is available now from here on the store, both stand alone and as part of my black and white presets bundle.

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Capture One Styles in Action: SilverLux for Street Photography

Street Photo - Black and White With Capture One and SilverLUX

I was recently shooting some Street Photography with my Fuji X-Pro 2 and I was processing the images with Capture One. I was trying various different looks, but in the end I wanted to go with a black and white theme. As I already had a whole set of looks already created, with SilverLUX, I used this as the basis for the overall style of the images.

While there is a whole range of different effects available with Silver Lux, I ended up using a few of the styles the most often. These allowed me to create a consistent theme for the collection. In addition, I also used some of the grain presets that come with the pack in order to add a little stronger grain to the images. Below is a look at the final result, as well as a few before and after examples.

 

Silver LUX for Capture One is available now from right here on the store.

SilverLUX for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that are designed to give your RAW images a black and white effect. There are 25 Styles in total included with SilverLUX. The set also comes with a collection of 20 grain presets that makes use of Capture One’s excellent grain function to give you a range of grain options.

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Presets in Action: Urban Decay in Galway with Industrial Iron

I recently spent some time in Galway city, in the west of Ireland, and while I was there I was taking some photos around the harbour and the railway station. As I was capturing the images, it occurred to me that they had an urban decay feel to them, and I thought they would be perfect for my Industrial Iron set of presets.

Once back in Lightroom, I set about processing and grading the images. I used my Industrial Iron set, and mostly the “Industrial” presets (0-5). the dull day, and overall Industrial gloom of the mages worked really well with the greens and muted tones of the presets to create a sense of almost post apocalyptic (sorry Galway!) feel to the images. Here are some before and after examples:

And here is the finished set of images:

Industrial Iron is available now right here on the store!

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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:

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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:

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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.

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My Presets in Action: Cherry Blossoms & Film Lux

As spring is here once again, the Cherry Blossoms are blooming, and I just love the beauty of these fleeting flowers. On a beautiful sunny day I was in a local park here in Dublin and I was taking some images of the beautiful cherry trees there. I also recorded the shoot and created a video of the session in action which you can find on my YouTube channel.

I shot the photos using a Fuji X-Pro 2 and for post processing, I wanted to go with a nice film look, and so, after trying out a few different presets, I eventually settled on using my own FilmLUX set as my starting point. But first, let me back up a bit. I actually pre-processed the files with the excellent Iridient X-Transformer first, converting them to DNG. When using DNGs created with X-Transformer, the resulting files behave exactly like RAW files, and so can be used with any preset. On import, I used the “Provia” colour profile as my base setting.

After going through the images from the shoot, I picked the ones I wanted to work on, and then I started editing in the develop module in Lightroom. I selected “FL-Film Base Slide 01” from FilmLUX as the starting point. Once I applied that I did some additional tweaking. This was mostly just to adjust the exposure slightly or the highlight and shadow recovery.

As I wanted them all to have the same feel to them, and be part of a series, I went through each image from my selects, and used the “Previous” button in Lightroom to apply the settings from he previous photo, and then did some minot tweaking for each shot. Using this method I was able to quickly process the whole shoot.

Here are some of the photos that I took that day, processed using FilmLUX. You can find out more about FilmLUX here.

 

Film Lux Lightroom Presets

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Some More Examples of FilmLUX in Action

Low Sun on Georgetown Street - FilmLUX Lightroom Presets

I wanted to demonstrate some examples of my recently announced Film Lux Lightroom presets in action on an actual project, so a recent trip into my archive provided a nice opportunity. I was going through some old images, and I was re-processing some that I wasn’t happy with originally.

This particular set is from a trip I trip I took to Washington DC a few years ago, and in particular to the beautiful suburb of Georgetown. It was late in the evening and it was a particularly beautiful sunny day. For the full story behind these images, see this post on my Photo Journal blog.

These photos are all processed using FilmLUX for Lightroom, and they are mostly using either the slide presets or the negative presets. I did some further tweaking using the additional grain presets supplied. Click on the image to view larger.

For more details on FilmLUX please see the product page here in the store.

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Behind the scenes of “Alpine”: QuickLux 2 in Action

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I recently posted a short photo essay over on my Photo Journal about some of the lovely images you can get when it’s a dull overcast day. Here’s a short excerpt from what I wrote:

Where I live, we’re sort of in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, and during the summer, sometimes we get a kind of misty cloudy rain, that has a real mountain like feel to it. It reminds me of so many episodes of the X-Files which took place in forest settings of Canada, and it has a real frontier feel to it, even though we’re still just in a superb of the city. I always think of it as “Alpine” weather, even though this is probably just a name I’ve given it myself.

To create the look for this I used my QuickLux 2 Lightroom presets. In fact, it was for this very style of shot that I created some of the presets in QuickLux 2. I shot these set of images with a Sony A6000, and processed them in Lightroom.

The first step was to import them with my A6000 import preset (Available Here). I use this preset to get a better starting point. Once I’d rated and sorted my images I went through them and started applying the presets. Here are a few examples from the photo essay.

Bridge

In this example of a bridge over a stream, I used QNeg-Basic02 from QuickLux 2. Once I applied that, I then tweaked the Dehaze amount using the +DH25 preset that also comes with the set.

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Before | After

Old Gateway

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic 04 for the shot. That’s pretty much all I did to it. You can see the before and after result below.

Before | After

Walker Sign

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic05 from QuickLux 2. Again, that was all I did to the shot in Lightroom.

Before | After

Old Log

For this shot I went with QNeg-Basic 02. I like this preset as it has the blacks raised a little. I did some additional exposure compensation for this shot.

Before | After


 

Quick LUX 2 Lightroom Presets
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These are just a few examples of how I processed the images from this shoot. You can see the full project here, and to learn more about QuickLux 2 visit the product pages here in the store.

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Using Film Candy 2 to make Boring Shots Arty

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I often take simple shots that I use for embellishing blog posts, either here or on other sites. They’re usually nothing fancy and usually something that I just do quickly because I’m writing in a hurry. One of the things I’ll often do is give them a treatment of some kind to give them a stylised look which makes them more interesting. This is how my Film Candy presets sort of came about, and I’ve been using them in this context recently, so I thought I’d give you a quick example.

I just got this cool little character in the post (I love Danboard, by the way), and I was taking some shots to use on Flickr and to send to some people. I used my Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm lens, mostly at f1.4, which gave some nice bokeh. Once I got them into Lightroom, I was playing around with different looks, and I used the “Gelato” preset from my Film Candy 2 set on all of them. This gave the shots a nice, almost vintage effect, which was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

I know some people don’t like filters and effects, and I’m not saying that applying a look will fix a bad shot, but sometimes a little creative grading takes an ordinary scene and gives it a little something to let it stand out and look a little different.

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Gelato is part of my Film Candy 2 set of presets which is available here on the Download store.