Tip Tuesday - Buying Lightroom Presets Are a Waste of Money...

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Happy Tuesday, This is a different type of “Tip Tuesday”. I have had a bunch of people message me asking about what presets I use and if they’re worth their money. Boy do I have some opinions on purchasing Lightroom presets. I actually do not use a “paid preset”, I have created several of my own, from scratch. Adobe Lightroom Presets are useful at certain times, and can be helpful, but more times than not, they are USELESS. I’ll explain why! Most people when they get into photography, think it’s easy to just purchase something that will solve all of their problems, and make life easier, without actually learning how to use software necessary to perform certain tasks. Photography, really isn’t extremely hard, but it can be overwhelming, when you start out. I hate to say, it’s not that easy and can make your life extremely difficult and even more confusing than just creating your own presets, if you decide to purchase someone else’s presets.

Let’s dive into 3 strong opinions on why purchasing presets is the wrong idea.


Opinion #1. Money doesn’t solve everything…

Money can fix some problems in life, but buying presets upon presets for Adobe Lightroom is the biggest waste of money ever. Please don’t hesitate to quote me on that! Not only are you buying someone else’s style - you are not guaranteed that it will work for what you are trying to accomplish. I have created my own preset(s), and apply them to about 50% of the photos that I produce. With that being said, my preset has allowed me to established a personal style for my company and brand that is absolutely 100% unique to me.


Opinion #2. Be creative.

You are in one of the most unique and creative industries in the world, and yet, you still want to buy an Adobe Lightroom preset. That just screams, “not creative”. I cannot tell you how easy it is to set up presets of your own. It is in fact, extremely easy. Buying presets, and applying them to most of your photos will not work, and will leave you with the question of “What am I doing wrong?”. I’ve seen it, more times since “selling presets” has become a thing in the past few years. It’s one thing to buy presets to change to meet your needs, but it’s another to buy them and use them without changing a single thing, and calling your photography style “100% creative”. It’s not, and it makes you look like a fraud.


Opinion #3. Use them productively, not destructively.

Presets can absolutely DESTROY an image in a heartbeat. Please try to use them productively and not destructively. They are meant to make batch editing a lot easier, not make your life harder. I’ve seen a lot of people use them and completely destroy images, by flattening out the image, and destroying the color quality, over sharpening every single photo, or even, changing the clarity so faces look unrecognizable. Trust me, it happens, all of the time! These do not at all help your image, and will make them look bad, or poorly constructed.


I hope these few opinions has helped you decide if purchasing someone else’s presets is worth it. In order to create your own preset, I would recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic, and adjusting the sliders and allowing them to help create your own style, and then saving out a custom preset to try on your other photos. Always remember presets are only useful, when you have multiple photos that the lighting & settings are almost the same, or are the same.

If you agree with these opinions above or disagree, please comment your thoughts below as to why you agree that purchasing Lightroom resets are a waste of your money. I would love to hear floating opinions on this concept.

 “SUNSET” preset  Shown here is one of my presets that I use for much duller photos, to brighten and make the photos pop. However, I do not use this preset for everything, and most times, I have to tweak it, upon adding the preset in light room.

“SUNSET” preset

Shown here is one of my presets that I use for much duller photos, to brighten and make the photos pop. However, I do not use this preset for everything, and most times, I have to tweak it, upon adding the preset in light room.

 “OIL PAN” preset  Here is another preset I use, to accent darker color. I do not use this preset all the time either.

“OIL PAN” preset

Here is another preset I use, to accent darker color. I do not use this preset all the time either.

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