Hi guys!


LinenBrider New Member 7 United States
27 Aug 2019 12:17PM
I'm new, learning to take pictures now.
Immediately I want to ask a question: do you use presets and how and which ones do you use?

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Tianshi_angie 4 2.5k England
27 Aug 2019 12:45PM
Yes - and any that are free and add to my idea of what the photo needs. Welcome BTW.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2079 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2019 1:13PM
Doing a lot of black & white, I find the presets in Nik Silver Efex Pro a very useful starting point for triggering ideas, seeing possibilities. But they are a bit of a blunt instrument, rarely to be used without very considerable tweaking in the sliders.
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saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
27 Aug 2019 1:19PM
Infinite B&W panel works well in the CC versions of PS and LR, if you use of of those, and has almost infinite adjustment variations. I often use Silver EfexPro as a starting point, then refine in IBW
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 586 England
27 Aug 2019 7:35PM
Do you mean presets in software or presets in the camera menus?
Nothing wrong with either but some tweaking and adjustment will be required in many cases especially if you want to develop your own style.
Let's see some examples in your portfolio, and ask plenty of questions.
29 Aug 2019 5:11AM
In terms of presets in cameras, I presume what you are referring to are customized settings that you can keep in the memory of the camera. Basically, you create these yourself in custom mode on the camera's dial and save them. Some cameras may not have this feature at all. While others may, sometimes you can only save one or two custom settings. They are a big help when shooting action or sports scenes under a variety of conditions. You just turn the dial to custom mode and make your selection of the presets you've previously created and saved. They are a life saver when shooting action under a variety of conditions.
29 Aug 2019 5:27AM
As for presets on editors often you will find loads of them placed there by the software developer, let alone a customized setting someone has created. Go into Adobe PhotoShop Express you will see lots of presets there. So, using a preset in editing is often actually encouraged. Some will tell you to develop your own style. But, why not use the presets and adopt those as 'your style'? That's much easier isn't it? Or at least it is a good place to begin. Good luck.Grin
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
29 Aug 2019 6:50AM
Software Presets.

I use metadata preset on import.
It has my contact, copyright details and adds a colour tag.

The software I use also has default settings so perhaps they could be termed presets.
Camera & Lens profiles, Sharpening, Noise Reduction, White Balance, Linear Curve ( different from the user adjustable " curves " tool ) and others.

I also use Process Recipes where you set up your output criteria such as file type, size, sharpening etc.

But in terms of adjustment presets, no I do not use any, preferring to stop from scratch each time ( I may copy those adjustments across to multiple similar shots though, especially dust / spot removal Sad
LinenBrider New Member 7 United States
29 Aug 2019 11:41AM

Quote:Yes - and any that are free and add to my idea of what the photo needs. Welcome BTW.

Thanks, hello again Grin
LinenBrider New Member 7 United States
29 Aug 2019 11:41AM

Quote: Infinite B&W panel works well in the CC versions of PS and LR, if you use of of those, and has almost infinite adjustment variations. I often use Silver EfexPro as a starting point, then refine in IBW

Thanks!
LinenBrider New Member 7 United States
29 Aug 2019 11:44AM

Quote:Do you mean presets in software or presets in the camera menus?
Nothing wrong with either but some tweaking and adjustment will be required in many cases especially if you want to develop your own style.
Let's see some examples in your portfolio, and ask plenty of questions.


I'm talking about software. I just found a selection of more than five hundred presets http://fixthephoto.com/free-lightroom-presets - I donít know if I can leave a link. And now I think whether it is worth understanding them or whether professionals do not use this.
LinenBrider New Member 7 United States
29 Aug 2019 11:45AM

Quote:As for presets on editors often you will find loads of them placed there by the software developer, let alone a customized setting someone has created. Go into Adobe PhotoShop Express you will see lots of presets there. So, using a preset in editing is often actually encouraged. Some will tell you to develop your own style. But, why not use the presets and adopt those as 'your style'? That's much easier isn't it? Or at least it is a good place to begin. Good luck.Grin

Your comments are incredibly helpful! Thanks, I will watch Adobe now. Is there a difference in the use of presets depending on the device? Could this be?
Tianshi_angie 4 2.5k England
29 Aug 2019 4:58PM
By 'device' I assume you mean camera - and usually no there is no difference, just a little 'magic' which can create an atmosphere or even a conversion. There are programmes which will work alongside an editor such as PS to create special effects. SaltireBlue mentioned Silver Efex - originally created by Nik, then bought by Google and now owned by DXO. This works within an editor to create very different B&W images. The same company also own Color Efex which can be used to create exactly what it says - colour effects in a photo. These are programmes that you can buy to work alongside the editor you use, but there also presets within editors - sometimes a little difficult to find!
saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
29 Aug 2019 5:17PM

Quote:Is there a difference in the use of presets depending on the device?


Quote:By 'device' I assume you mean camera

I think she mean device as pc, laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone...
Tianshi_angie 4 2.5k England
29 Aug 2019 10:47PM

Quote:I think she mean device as pc, laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone...



Aaah - thank you Blush

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