The Power of Lightroom Import Presets – Daily Thoughts 002

After yesterday’s primer post, I’m excited to get into content directly related to photography. Today I’m discussing Lightroom import presets and why I use them to speed up my post-processing workflow.

It’s no secret that I use Lightroom for a lot of my basic editing and have released quite a few presets for the software on The Creativv Shop. However, I have yet to talk about, or release, Lightroom import presets.

If you’re unfamiliar with import presets, they are pretty self-explanatory. Before importing, Lightroom gives you the option to select a preset to automatically be applied during the process. Import presets save a lot of time by setting commonly-used adjustments so you can immediately jump into more creative editing.

The easiest way to get the most out of your import presets is by taking a few moments to think about the way you post-process and what settings you always change in every edit. There are certain settings that I use on 99% of my photos, so I know these should be automated to save me time.

Create and save a Lightroom import preset that gives you solid starting values for the settings you use most often. If you’re stuck, here’s my ideal import preset:

  • Basic > Contrast +10
  • Basic > Clarity +10
  • Basic > Vibrance +25
  • Lens Corrections > Remove Chromatic Aberration
  • Lens Corrections > Enable Profile Corrections
  • Effects > Post-crop Vignetting > Style > Color Priority
  • Effects > Post-crop Vignetting > Amount -15
  • Effects > Post-crop Vignetting > Feather 70
  • Effects > Dehaze +25

I handle sharpening and noise removal outside of Lightroom (more on that in a future post), so I haven’t included those in my import preset.

It’s a very basic preset and will require tweaking after applied, but it gives me a great starting place and saves me probably about 30 seconds of time. That may not sound like a lot of time saved, but if you multiply that by the number of photos I import, every second counts.

If you want to take this concept to the next level, you can get creative and create individual import presets for the genres you shoot, various lighting situations, quick black and white edits, fixing batch exposure issues, automatic noise removal/sharpening, etc.

Efficiency is key when it comes to post-processing so that you can get away from the computer and back to shooting. Start using import presets right away and let me know what settings you’ve found valuable for your personal presets.

Until tomorrow,

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