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.