Photography, Streamlining and Lightroom Presets

So, it’s actually been quite awhile since I’ve posted… thankfully it’s due to all of the creative projects I’ve been working on lately.

One thing I wanted to write about though is, because I do so many different things (music, photography, filmmaking, design) I’ve had to streamline my process quite a bit in order to save on time. With regards to photography, that meant instead of spending hours and hours on editing within Photoshop alone, moving over to Lightroom first and attempt to edit the basics; the raw file’s exposure, color balance, etc., which helps to save valuable time so I can edit more photos and thus, get the work out into the world quicker.

Well blessings come in many forms, and though I try to stay away from plugins, I have to say, the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets V5 have been just that… a blessing! The ease of use and the quality of the “recipes” are simply astounding. They seem to work miracles, but in truth, they are simply a quick and easy way to get to the results I would have needed to spend hours on to achieve. If I know what I want, and I know I can do it in Lightroom, why spend so much time tweaking, pushing and pulling, when I can just click on one of the V5 Presets and have the result instantly!

The way SLR Lounge organizes these recipes/presets are also quite a blessing as well. You have Base presets, Curves, Adjustments and then Special FX, all of which you can stack together. It can take a rather bland photo, to a beautifully graded portrait or fashion editorial piece (see my example). This an essential tool for me and is definitely one plugin system that I highly recommend to any photographer who is serious about getting professional results from their photos quickly and easily. Thank you SLR Lounge for your incredible work on the Lightroom Presets V5 system… I look forward to your next version!

You can get the SLR Lounge presets here:

Raw file shot with the Fujifilm X-E1.

Raw file shot with the Fujifilm X-E1.

Processed with Lightroom 5 and the SLR Lounge Preset V5 system.

Processed with Lightroom 5 and the SLR Lounge Preset V5 system.


About Craig Anthony Perkins

Award winning Filmmaker, Composer, Photographer and Designer Craig Anthony Perkins began as a musician at the age of four, a magician at the age of six, and became interested in photography and filmmaking at a very early age as well. In the past Craig has worked in both a creative and technical capacity within the entertainment industry for companies such as Philips Media, Universal Interactive Studios and AVID, doing everything from video game design and film post production, to sound design, composing and technical writing. Under his own company Genshi Media Group, he has released several albums on the iTunes Music Store, has had his photography published in magazines and exhibited in galleries, his short films showcased in film festivals worldwide (with two of his films actually winning) and has designed indie art toys - including the much sought-after Broken Heart Robot - which has led to talks with two TV networks for consideration as an animated series based on his toy character. Now, between Filmmaking, Photography and Music, as well as performing as a working Magician & Mentalist, Craig is also helping others as a Creative Coach, Personal Consultant & Motivational Speaker; sharing his secrets to creative success and empowering those who seek the creative genius within themselves! View all posts by Craig Anthony Perkins

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