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7 Lightroom Presets We Use for Beautiful Photos

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Maybe you've had a camera around your neck for as long as you can remember. Or maybe, that DSLR is a fresh addition for new artistic endeavors. No matter the extent of your photography experience, chances are you've spent some time importing, organizing, and editing photos in Adobe Lightroom (especially if you shoot in RAW). You also might agree that, of the many features this photographer's best friend has to offer, the ability to create, save, and import Lightroom presets is one of the handiest.

Our team uses these presets day in and day out to apply quick and consistent edits across our own photography portfolio, relying on them as shortcuts to the ideal edits for different types of images. They give us the freedom to explore a unique result in each shot, while always making sure we stay true to our desired aesthetic.

Here, we're featuring seven tried and true favorites we've created and counted on over the years, while breaking down the types of images where they really shine. Best of all, they're yours to download as an exclusive pack of free Lightroom presets — just our little way of saying thanks to our community.

Note: These are Lightroom Classic presets created for use on the desktop app, which requires an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.


Preset 01

Cityscapes

lightroom preset applied to photo of mountainside cityscape

Whether it's a busy metropolis or lush seaside villa, cityscapes introduce an endless array of competing elements that can make for a busy photo. Preset 01 creates visual distinction by adding contrast to keep the scene from blending together, allowing each building to "pop" without disrupting the cohesion of the overall image. Added warmth brings out the life in the city, showing the inviting side of concrete jungles that might otherwise feel cold and desaturated.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.



Preset 02

Landscapes

lightroom preset applied to photo of flowering tree branches

From purple mountain majesties to spring blooms, nothing captures the magic of mother nature quite like the human eye — but some small edits are all it takes to do her justice. Preset 02 starts by creating higher contrast to add depth and dimension to those features that make us take pause and pull out the camera. Meanwhile, these settings pull up shadows and exposure to create seamless highlights that offset the contrast, smoothing out and brightening the scene while keeping the increase in definition intact.

Pro tip: Start with an image you can't wait to edit by following these landscape photography tips.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.



Preset 03

Black and White

lightroom preset applied to engagement photo of couple holding hands

Looking for one black and white preset to rule them all? Preset 03 is great for most types of shots, making it a versatile tool to keep in your back pocket for a variety of edits. High contrast makes for a crisp, clean image, while increased exposure brings out the brighter side of black and white. Perfect for timeless wedding photography, use it to capture a classic look adapted for a contemporary aesthetic.

Pro tip: Don't forget to check out Jason Peterson's tips for incredible black and white photography.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.



Preset 04

Calm

lightroom preset applied to photo of people walking along the coast

Portside walks on overcast days, bustling settings with overstimulating colors… these are the scenes that beg for a softer touch. Enter Preset 04: thoughtfully tuned to create or emphasize calm when the moment calls for it. The settings here walk a thin line, desaturating colors to bring out the gentler side of images, without going so far as to make the photo feel washed out. This makes it a great choice for those pensive portraits that merit pause and evoke tranquil emotions.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.



Preset 05

Warmth

lightroom preset applied to photo of seaside cliffs

Bring out the warmth of coastal cliffs and sprawling hillscapes with Preset 05. Amongst other tweaks, this preset turns up the temperature within the image, offsetting the white balance to give landscapes a subtle glow. Increased contrast brings crisp detail to natural features, complementing the added warmth to create a dimensional effect in understated topographies.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.


Preset 06

Timeless

lightroom preset applied to photo of mother and daughter

A preset for the Ansel Adams in all of us, Preset 06 was made for those portraits that simply belong in black and white. The grainy effect gives images timeless appeal, making the moment stand still. Lower contrast helps mute the colors in tandem, giving the photo a soft feeling that captures the joy in photos of children, couples, and beyond. Use it for those time-capsule shots — the photos you'll hand down as return tickets to moments otherwise gone.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.


Preset 07

Golden Hour

lightroom preset applied to photo of beach at golden hour

Bask in that sunkissed glow with a preset made to emulate and amplify the golden hour. Preset 07 creates warmth in photos, stretching those golden rays to all four corners of the image and extending an illuminated invitation to interact with the scene. Perfect for sunset snaps, these settings interact playfully with light and silhouettes, speaking to the simple and carefree moments we seek as we navigate the chaos of the day-to-day.

Have Lightroom Classic?
Click here to download this preset for import.



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