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    Posted: 27 August 2019 at 12:55
The question, in fact, is about presets. Tell me, are they really useful or do professionals not use them? Thank you in advance.
 



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Welcome to Dyxum!

I have one I use for indoor flash with people that I use at weddings and events. I can't even remember what I put in the other two. So I guess I don't use them 'extensively'.
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I just found a set of free presets on the Internet http://fixthephoto.com/free-lightroom-presets, and there are more than 500 of them and I think itís worth it to understand or is it just advertising that people use them, but thereís not much use from them.
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I'd say the only useful presets are the ones you'd create for your camera, style of shooting and shooting conditions.

Also I've moved this topic to the Digital Darkroom sub-forum.
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I think that its worth downloading free presets, just to play around with. I have loads in lightroom, one or two that I occasionally use and thats just a "base" that I usually modify. Sometimes just flicking through them can give you ideas.

However, with the freebies comes continuous emails....
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

I'd say the only useful presets are the ones you'd create for your camera, style of shooting and shooting conditions.

Also I've moved this topic to the Digital Darkroom sub-forum.


Yup, there's about 2 presets I use 90% of the time, and they're ones I generated myself. There's another 4-5 I use occasionally- again, generated by myself.
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Like the others have mentioned here, I created my own, simple as the make and to update etc. I have about 3 or 4 that I use for each subject matter. Motorsport, astrophotography, panoramas, etc. I dont use all of them, but they can be just a starting point for something that I like as part of my shooting and processing style. But I dont always use them and I sometimes delete them when I find they no longer serve a purpose.

But again presets dont necessarily work with all images, although they can be a starting point, they can also take you completely in the wrong direction. But they are generally there to help get the creative juices flowing and provide some ideas of the potential of the image.

In the past Ive found that most people who give away presets, only give the ones away they dont want to keep for themselves and if its on their website, then its a way of generating traffic.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 August 2019 at 07:31
Welcome to Dyxum!

I am not professional. Mostly everyday shooter - my engineering, family, trips, events, sometimes my friends ask to record important for them days.

My dark-room software is Zoner Photo Studio and it includes some very nice presets too. I use about 3-4 of these. I have additionally Luminar for presets and my faforites collection in this one is about 6-10 presets.

I mostly use presets, when I feel, that simple use of basic settings or my "handmade" presets or are not good enough and so I do not know, what to do. I like presets, where the components (settings) can be seen and can be corrected. I gives me samples, how to make my own in basic software too. Trying to learn from.


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Thank for yor answers!
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I'm just afraid that I will spend a lot of time, and then it turns out that it is useless!
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Thank you, but someone uses them, for example, newcomers like me. Or not?
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Hi Jack,

Indeed, welcome to Dyxum! Great to have you along with us.

I think the answer to your question is largely dependent on what the intention of the preset is.

I have only a small number of presets and they are all intended to save time and key strokes in Photoshop and, I guess, that is where most 'Professionals' would use them.

For me, it is all around the final image presentation step, so I have a number of 'presets' or 'Actions' that re-size and add borders etc. to an image depending on it's final use. However, I could also see the same being applied to images from a photographer that is either Studio based or where they have images of a common theme where a preset could be applied to multiple images to save time or apply a consistent effect to a shot.

I'm not sure how useful they are to non-professional image takers but I guess it all depends on what you take and how much time you are prepared to spend in front of a screen after the image has been taken!

Just my 2 cents worth but hope it's useful for you.

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I'm not a professional and not an everyday shooter. I don't use presets because "developing" your RAW's in a photo as you want to have it, is a lot of fun. But I can imagine that when you have a lot of post-processing to do, Presets can be very convenient.
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