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Creating a Vivid High Contrast Import Preset – Weekly Ordinary to Extraordinary Lightroom Edit – E15

By Pye Jirsa on October 5th 2013

In this weeks tutorial we’re going to be using our vivid presets to go from a normal landscape photo to a nice vivid landscape image. In just 2 clicks we’re going to go from an ordinary photo to an extraordinary image using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

My Mixology

  • 01-30 BASE – VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)
  • 03-50 ADJUST – SATURATION: 51b. Saturate – Light + Blues

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

We want to look at our EXIF data to see exactly how this image was shot. This was shot at 1/500 of a second which will freeze all the motion in the water, and it was shot at f/8 giving us a great amount of Depth of Field. This image was also shot at 200mm so we get a good amount of compression, the mountains look like they’re right behind the kayakers even though they’re actually quite far.

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The first preset we’re going to use is the “01-30 BASE – VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)”. The reason we use the “Profile (Reset)” version is because it will read the meta data from the lens that was used and will make distortion corrections for that lens. So if a lens has a particular pin cushion or barrel distortion, this preset will correct it for us. For landscapes we love using our vivid presets because they add a lot of Contrast, Saturation, and overall detail great for these kind of photos. For portraits we generally use our “Soft” presets.

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Now we’re going to use the “03-50 ADJUST – SATURATION: 51b. Saturate – Light + Blues”. This preset subtly drops all the blues in the image and creates a more vivid sky and water.

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In our Develop Settings our Vivid preset is adding in some dynamic range by raising Contrast, Shadows, and Blacks and dropping Highlights and Whites. The Clarity has been raised to boost the midtone details, and the Vibrance and Saturation has also been raised. In our HSL under Luminance our Aqua, Blue and Purple have all been dropped slightly. The drop in the Aqua, Blue and Purple is what makes the water and sky more vivid. In the Tone Curve we have our standard contrast boosting “S” curve, and we have our standard settings applied in the Sharpening settings. Here’s what our Develop Settings look like after our presets are applied.

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Here’s what our image looks like before and after our presets are applied.

Before

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After

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Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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