. . . or 50 ways to look at a photograph using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Presets. Actually there are thousands of presets, and in fact an infinite number, depending on what you choose to do with them, but I have selected 50 presets to apply to a favourite image of the past.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is called this because Lightroom is basically the Photoshop rendering engine re-packaged in a smaller more affordable software product which is easier for Photographers to handle and catalogue the thousands of images they find themselves dealing with in the digital photography age. Presently it is not necessary to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud to get Lightroom as it is a standalone product designed for the consumer market. However, CC Users do get access to Lightroom along with their subscription.
A preset is simply a way of applying many changes to a photo in a single click. Such image parameters as Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation can all be tested with on a photo and then saved to a preset file. Then when the same situation comes up again in terms of lighting or desired look, it is a simple matter of clicking on that preset and all the same properties are implemented on the Photo in question. It takes a while to gather and/or create presets, but once that work is done presets become a major time saver when dealing with your photography.
As an example I have created the 50 Statues project here on the website as a separate gallery. With a favourite photo from the past of the statues at the Alexandra Fountain and a backdrop of the two mutual life buildings, it is possible to quickly render 50 different versions of the same image, just to see how these might look using 50 different presets. Presented as a separate gallery, with a speed between images of just 2 seconds, it is possible to see how all these images look quickly at full HD resolution – a pretty handy thing. With Invictus, it is possible to password protect any gallery created and so this is a good way to share photography for review with a client, so that photos can be selected for further processing or printing.
Anyway, for those 2 readers, one dog and a pet ferret who have been following this blog from the beginning, tonights song is probably no surprise . . . it was going to pop up eventually. Its from those Canadian Rockers from middle-of-nowhere Hanna, Alberta. I think you might have heard of them before: