Over the years many people have asked me about my portrait post processing look and for the first time ever I am pleased to share with you my personal Lightroom presets.
I use these guys to get my distinct look on my black and white and colour portraits.
These presets are for folk who are familiar with Lightroom and know what it means to twiddle with the exposure, colour temperature, contrast and highlight to get your own unique look. These presets will give your images a distinct style depending on the lighting conditions you photographed them in and whether they were well exposed or not.
I have included some of my favourite high contrast and black and whites so you get an instant ‘Carla Coulson’ high fashion look.
Raw file left and Preset Crunchy Black and White Photo copyright Carla Coulson
All the black and white presets have grain to make sure your photos don’t feel empty and for the folks like me that love a ‘grain storm’ I have snuck a ton in to ‘Rock n Roll’.
The colour presets come without grain but I have added an option to add your own.
Each order comes with a guide on how to use your presets and some do’s and don’ts.
Raw file above and Preset Rock n Roll bottom – Photo Copyright Carla Coulson
Here’s what you get:
Paris café Portrait Collection is a collection of some of my favourite high contrast black and whites so you get an instant ‘Carla Coulson’ high fashion portrait look. They are inspired by my love for film photography, Paris, Italy, portraiture and the way I love black and white to look and feel.
4 Black and Whites
Crunchy black and white – yes folks this preset packs a crunch, it’s high contrast and has a light film grain
Easy Like Sunday Morning – is a soft black and white with almost grey tones. When you don’t want your images to shout
On The Wild Side – This is an unapologetic high contrast black and white with even brighter highlights than Crunchy black and white
Rock n Roll – It’s a little darker and moodier than the others with more definition in the highlights and dense grain
Raw file above and Preset Get Your Motor Running bottom – Photo copyright Carla Coulson
Raw file left and Preset Natural Born Woman right Copyright Carla Coulson
Daily Juice Portrait Collection are my favourite portrait colour presets and they come without grain but I have added an option to add your own.
Get Your Motor Running – Has a nice rev in the engine! Bright skin tones and good contrast, it gives you an instant graded look.
Moody Blues – It’s in the polaroid look family, with deep blues in the shadows and golden hues in the highlights, it’s soft and dreamy.
Natural Born Woman – this is for those days and jobs when you need a natural look. Simple but beautiful natural colours
Too Cool for School – less blue in the shadows than ‘Get Your Motor Running’ but with some sass of its own and a lovely warm tone on the skin.
No Apologies – This is a ‘get out of my way’ effect very similar to cross processing. With strong contrast, definition in the shadows and definition in the lines. Hold onto your hat!
You can purchase them HERE
So thrilled to share my look with you..
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Check out my Portrait Lightroom Presets.