Adobe Lightroom is the most popular organization and photo editing tool for underwater photographers. Lightroom has robust cataloguing and search features, powerful editing tools that virtually eliminate the need for Photoshop, and many tricks to streamline your editing workflow.
I’m sharing these free Lightroom underwater photo presets to help you take your photo editing to the next level. They’re designed for beginners looking to dive into Lightroom and also for experts looking for inspiration. This preset pack is my one click formula for editing underwater images!
This Free Underwater Photo Preset Pack Includes:
1 Wide-Angle Preset
1 Macro Preset
1 Ambient Light Preset
NEW! – 1 Blackwater Preset
These presets are designed for underwater photographers who shoot in a raw format (CR2 (Canon), NEF (Nikon), ARW (Sony), ORF (Olympus), RW2 (Panasonic)). I based each preset on the most common adjustments I make when editing photos shot with DSLR, mirrorless and compact cameras.
Note that a preset is a starting point for Lightroom photo editing. It will not fix a poorly composed or poorly lit photo – that’s on you. A raw image saves more data than a .jpg image, but does so in a very flat, low contrast manner that requires editing. These presets are my custom formula for bringing life into the raw file. If I’ve shot a nice image, then I click this preset and am finished with all global editing. The remaining editing involves localized adjustments.
Please also keep in mind that these presets are generalized for all cameras and conditions, so feel free to start with these and then modify them for your specific underwater photo gear and conditions of the shoot. The goal is for you to see how I am adding contrast and crispness in each shooting situation, which should spark the creative editing process.
Download the Free Presets
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Importing the Lightroom Presets
Watch my video on how to import the Lightroom preset pack. It takes less than 3 minutes and a few clicks. You will immediately be able to see the edits applied to your raw files.
How to Import Lightroom Presets
You can also read my complete Importing Lightroom Presets Tutorial for step by step installation instructions. There are two methods – each of which is just a few clicks.
Note: I updated these presets to .xmp files after the format change in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 (April ’18), with my last revision in October 2019. For those using older Lightroom desktop versions, I have also included legacy format LRT files in the download email, although they don’t include the latest features and tools in Lightroom.
Quick Tips for Using These Presets
1) You can greatly speed up your editing workflow by using some keyboard shortcuts. I’ve listed my favorites in Lightroom Shortcuts for Underwater Photographers.
2) Above I mentioned that these presets are a starting point for editing. If you’d like to start customizing them to your individual gear, diving conditions and style, check out my article Editing Tips for Underwater Photographers. These are the first editing aspects you’ll want to start adjusting.
3) Want to learn more Lightroom editing tricks? Check out all my Lightroom Editing Tutorials.
Want help building your own custom Lightroom presets? I can help you create Lightroom develop presets as part of a constructive image critique or a one-on-one post-processing lesson in person or via Skype. Email me for more details.
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