Best Lightroom Presets for Photographers

Remember how last year, after coming back from Way Up North in Stockholm, we kept preaching about the importance of consistency and curation of your portfolio? Prepare to be amazed.. Things haven’t changed! Maintaining a unique, uniform style and color palette across all your work is important. It’s tells your fans and potential clients that you’re a professional and know exactly what you’re doing. It also helps them understand what type of work they’d get if they hire you.

And while you may be the most talented, experienced Lightroom guru, editing thousands of photos, one by one, in the same color palette and tones, can be challenging if not mind wrecking. Presets help, weather you create your own, or use and tweak the magic sorcery crafted by leading photographers of the industry.

Here are our top favorite Lightroom presets:

Heck Yeah Presets by Ben Sasso

www.bensasso.com

You know a Ben Sasso photo when you see one. This incredibly talented, fun and creative photographer, who spends most of his time traveling around California in a van, with the awesome Katch Silva (scroll down for some goodies from her as well). See his presets here. Find out more about his philosophy and process in this interview.

Ben Sasso: Build a Recognizable Style

Katch Silva Presets

www.katchsilva.com  –  Custom website design by Flothemes

One of the most talented people we know. You get a feel of her charismatic personality just by accessing her website. Well, Katch is also sharing her secret recipe through her stunning presets. Find our more about her presets here.

Katch Silva Presets. Understanding How Presets Work. couple photography, Katch 1

Phil Chester Presets

www.philchesterpresets.com  –  website built with Osaka theme

A bit over a year ago, Phil Chester shared with us his story about dropping out of college, serving 4,5 years in active army duty, being deployed twice during his tour to Afghanistan, and then starting his photography path with a feature in National Geographic. Read his full story here, but know that he also released some kickass presets that you can find and get here.

Sascha Kraemer Presets

www.saschakraemer.com  –  website built with Osaka theme

Add more passion, more character and LIFE to your client’s memories with the secret spicy from Sascha Kraemer, while preserving the natural colors and looks. Check them out here.

sascha kraemer presets, best lightroom presets for photographers

Get 2 free B&W Presets by Presets.Co:

Julia & Gil Presets

www.juliaundgil.de  –  website built with Kyoto theme

If you are looking for that gorgeous film look, texture feel, grainy charm for your photos – check out the awesome presets created by Julia and Gil. A lovely photographer couple from Germany, kicking ass at wedding and couple sessions and awesome creators of the Beloved Stories community. Explore their presets here.

Cascade Presets by Benj Haisch

www.benjhaisch.com  –  website built with Crowd theme

Loving the natural, warm and outdoorsy look of Benj Haisch’s work? Get his Cascade preset pack and add that secret tone to your own galleries. Cascade is actually available via Meridian Presets (see next section).

Cascade Benj Haisch presets, Meridian, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Meridian Presets

www.meridianpresets.com  –  Custom website design by Flothemes

You are going to love these! It’s a new project by the awesome team at LOOKSLIKEFILM, in collaboration with some of the most talented and inspiring photographers around the world. Every photographer will find a preset that speaks to their creative soul, since Meridian offers presets packs by:

Benj Haisch (Cascade)
Cody & Allison (C&A)
Pablo Beglez (PBX)
Rafal Bojar (Hero)
Diane Villadsen (Pop! Color, Pop! Harsh Light and Pop! Soft Light, or all of them in a bundle)

Meridian presents, lookslikefilm, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Presets.Co

www.presets.co  –  Custom website design by Flothemes

Love how much meaning, raw emotions and drama a black and white photo can portray? Great, then you need to check out Presets.Co.

Presets.co, black and white, best presets for photographers, Flothemes

Nicole Mason Presets

www.nicolemason.co  –  website built with Kyoto theme

Mesmerized by clean, minimalistic, kinfolk type of imagery? Then you will love Nicole Mason’s presets. Her color pack brings out the earthy tones and minimal look, while desaturating the colors. While her B&W presets are a full range of gray tones, some with rough film grain, to offer your images a vintage, timeless looks and feel. Check Nicole Mason’s presets here.

Nicole Mason presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Slate & Ivory by Jennifer Moher

www.slateandivory.com  –  website built with Crowd theme

There is a certain level of mystery and wonder in Black & White images. If you love a minimalistic, artistic approach in photography, add a note of elegance and film with the Slate & Ivory presets created by Jennifer Moher. Check them out here.

Slate & Ivory presets by Jennifer Moher, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Vicky Baumann Presets

www.vickybaumann.de  –  website built with Trento theme

Vicky offers a range of preset packs, suitable for every taste and style of editing. Anything from natural, soft colors, with beautiful warm skin tones, to moody, crunchy tones, to add some intensity and accent to your photos. Find all the preset packs by Vicky Baumann here.

Vicky Baumann presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

KSP by Kevin & Stephanie

www.kevin-stephanie.com  –  website built with Trento theme

These are perfect if you’re looking for a spice of color, fun and character for your images. KSP strive to emulate some incredible well known film stocks. They help make your images crisper, sharper, and more versatile. See all KSP presets here.

KSP by Kevin & Stephanie, best presets for photographers, flothemes,

Levi Tijerina Presets

www.levitijerina.com  –  website built with Trento theme

Perfect if you’re looking for crisp, clean whites, dynamic colors and a warm, cinematic feel for your images. Find Levi’s presets here.

Levi Tijerina Presets, Best presets for photographers, flothemes

Davis Hilton Presets

www.davishilton.com  –  website built with Squaremuse

Ideal for photographers who shoot weddings or portraits and prefer natural light. The Davis Hilton presets are curated to achieve warm, natural skin tones, neutral greens and earthy golden light for your images. Find his presets here.

Davis Hilton Presets, best presets for photographers. flothemes

Anni Graham Presets

www.annigraham.com  –  website built with Squaremuse

Have you been searching for editing presets that give your photos warm shadows, natural + earthy skin tones, and bright highlights so they stand out and totally rule? Well, Anni Graham’s presets will offer you just that. Find her presets here.

Anni Graham Presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

G-Presets by Greg Petersen

www.gpresets.com  –  website built with Squaremuse

Inspired by an adventurous outdoorsy style, G-Presets are all in dark, moody brown tones, with just the right amount of contrast. Exactly what a photographer needs to add a cozy, intimate looks for their wedding and in-home session photos. Check out Greg Petersen’s presets packs here.

Kristen Marie Parker Presets

www.kristenmarieparker.com  –  website built with Squaremuse

These presets are meant to deepen your blacks, tone down your skin tones, and offer a more cinematic and intimate look and feel to your images. Check out her presets here.

Kristen Marie Parker Presets, Best presets for photographers, flothemes

Twyla Jones Presets

www.twylajones.com  –  website built with Squaremuse

Add a more vibrant atmosphere to your images, be that a portrait or couple session, Twyla’s presets will add new life to your photographs, through intensity, moody contrast, and sharp highlights. Check out her presets here.

Twyla Jones Presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Mastin Labs

www.mastinlabs.com

Stunning film emulation presets created by Mastin Labs. They spend a lot of time and effort, meticulously testing each new preset against film scans, so it’s barely possible to distinguish the digital image from the film one. Check out all their preset packs here and learn more about their most popular and raved Portra Pushed presets in our review.

DC Presets by Dawn Charles

www.dawncharles.com

Versatile, creamy and moody, this is how Dawn describes her presets. The perfect amount of light, warm creamy reds, bold contrasts and focus on the way each image feels. She even has a separate pack specifically tailored for your reception images. Grab them all here.

AFFOB presets by A Fist Full of Bolts

www.afistfullofbolts.com

All natural colors, preserving the skin tones, the green, the blues, with unique mid tone contrast and lots of different Black & White options for you to test. Check out the presets packs offered by the awesome photographers.

AFFOB presets by A Fist Full of Bolts, best presets for photographer, flothemes

Dirty Boots Messy Hair Presets

www.dirtybootsandmessyhair.com

A collaboration between the creators of one of your favorite photography communities and leading artists from all around the world, resulted in 8 awesome preset packs, to add some adventurous tones and romantic mood to your photographs. Check them out here.

Dirty Boots Messy Hair Presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Smal Presets by Sven Malajlo

www.svenmalojlo.de

Anything from moody film looks, warm rich tones, clean, airy and flawless skintones to natural greens, bold blacks, and earth colors. Check out all the packs offered by Sven Malajlo here.

Smal presets by Sven Malajlo, best presets for photographers

Rover Collection by Rooke + Rover Crew

www.rookeandrovercrew.com

The Rover collection is full of dark tones, warm golden browns, cool blues and greens, warm highlights and cool shadows to give your images a more moody and vibrant look. You’ll also find a pack with more dramatic browns (with a tiny hint of red and yellow), some options for those who shoot in the Golden or blue hours, and many more. Check out all their presets here.

Rover Collection by Rooke + Rover Crew, best photography presets, flothemes

Noble Presets

www.noblepresets.com

Noble presets were created by hybrid film photographers, inspired by rich pastel colors and luminous skin tones of film. If you love and shoot bright and airy, these are for you. Check them here.

Noble Presets, Best presets for photographers, flothemes

Modern Market Presets

www.modernmarket.co

One more amazing option for those looking into bright and airy, beautiful pastels, moody matts and vibrant colors. Check them out in action here.

Modern Market presets, best presets for photographers, flothemes

Ascent

www.ascentpresets.com

Ascent presets are all about the greens, cinematic contrast, natural skin tones and a timeless look for all your photos. A wonderful choice for landscape, travel or portrait photographers. Check them out here.

Ascent, best photography presets, flothemes

While the preset market is waaaaay larger and more diversified then the list described in this article, these are our favorite for now. However, trends change, let’s see what we are all into in 6 months!
If we’ve missed your favorite presets pack, leave a comment below with a link – and we’ll check them out!

Flothemes Team.
Empowering You & Your Creative Business!

One comment

    Ian

    16:45 May 18, 2017

    Nice feature...how about Sascha Kraemer presets, they are pretty cool as are the Rooke and Rover crew sets....cheers!

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