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Tips & Tricks

Bright and Soft Lifestyle Portraits in Lightroom 4 – Weekly Edit

By Matthew Saville on December 14th 2012


This tutorial is a demonstration of the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System. With over 200 presets, the LR4 Preset System has been critically acclaimed as the most powerful and intuitive preset system available for Lightroom 4, click the link above to learn more or purchase.


In this week’s Lightroom 4 Edit, we will be focusing on the “lifestyle / magazine” type of portrait that is common at events and photo shoots; you might find this image in some sort of “OC Living” type magazine.  Light, airy, and subtle / muted (but not actually faded) colors overall.  This look is one of the very few that is both trendy and timeless…

So, grab yourself a similar image of your own, and follow along!

Before and After Images

Original Image


Final Bright, Soft “Lifestyle” Image


Watch the Video Tutorial

The Lightroom 4 Preset System

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The SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System is designed to enable users to achieve virtually any look and effect within 3-5 simple clicks. From basic color correction, vintage fades, black & white effects, tilt-shift effects, faux HDR, retouching, detail enhancing, and so much more. The sky is the limit with what has been dubbed the most powerful and intuitive preset system available. Click the link above to learn more/purchase.

You can also purchase the LR4 Preset System as part of the Lightroom 4 Workshop Collection.

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great article.

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  2. Basit Zargar

    great one

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  3. Chuck Navarro

    This is a great article and a great tut.  As a full-time wedding photog I must say, “I love this website”!  SLRLounge FTW!!!!

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