The tree stands alone plus a word about presets

I’ve photographed this tree in every season but winter until this day.  My objective was to somehow convey a sense of the weather at the moment this photo was taken; cold, gray and snowy.  Do you think that mood comes across here?


How did I achieve this look? A preset.  Presets are one button editing actions you can get for Lightroom, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements;  a series of steps that have been recorded by their creator.  They can make editing a very quick process as compared to going through all of the sliders yourself.  A preset can be all you’ll need to edit your photo or they can be a good start towards the final edit you want.

I believe that you should know as much as you can about your editing program so that you can tell when or even if you want to use a preset or action.  When I do use them I rarely leave the image as is after applying it; the majority of the time I will do some extra tweaking to achieve the final look.  In this case I applied a preset from the Coffee Shop Blog (all of her stuff is free and awesome) to convert the image to B&W in Lightroom and then with an adjustment brush I increased the clarity on parts of the tree; finishing with decreasing some of the white vignette.

Do you use any presets or actions or is that not your editing thing?  Do share.

Teri  📷

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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography.
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21 Responses to The tree stands alone plus a word about presets

  1. Pagespics says:

    I rarely use presets in Lightroom, but am quite keen on using the film ‘look’ presets in On1. I do find presets are better as a starting point than as a final editing stage as every image is different.

  2. mickey2travel says:

    I’m learning the ON1 photo software. For an old dude, it’s quite the learning curve for me. I’ll slowly work with Photoshop with an occasional on-line lesson. Thank you very much for your insight! Wonderful shot! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Sumith says:

    Thanks for sharing the link. Will check her presets

  4. Sumith says:

    And a beautiful capture!

  5. Brett says:

    Lovely photo — and cold, gray and snowy (at least on the ground) comes across!

  6. Ingrid says:

    Love this photo. I don’t know what it is about a lone tree or trees in the mist that I find so pleasing, but I do. I don’t use presets. I’ve tried a bunch but always prefer tweaking from step one.

    • Thanks, Ingrid. It will be a different edit in color tomorrow 🙂 I’ve tried a bunch but in the end found that only a few I can count on for my style of editing. They are really great if you want to go for a “stylish” image.

  7. Piglove says:

    Shivers. The tree looks cold and needs some “clothes” on it for sure. Snorts with piggy laughter. Awesome picture my friend ❤ XOXO – Bacon

  8. Mark Myers says:

    That’s beautiful! Brings up so many thoughts.

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