Lightroom Presets

If you use Lightroom then I hope you’ll be interested in this post. It’s a sort of review and a sort of promotional one.

A few days ago freelance photographer Samuel Zeller, a Fujifilm ambassador (X-Photographer) based in Switzerland, offered a set of presets to celebrate an event on Instagram. This was to be a free set of tools to assist in image editing. It’s a very useful package containing presets, curve settings and a set of eight of Samuel’s RAW images each to match a specific preset. Providing one’s own images to others is a very rare occurrence, indeed, I can’t remember any pro photographer doing so.

I’ve downloaded Samuel’s package and I have to say that I’m delighted with the results. I’m still playing with presets and curves on my own images and I really like the results. I’ll post an image later this week, all being well.

Even if you are not an Instagram member, you can still obtain this set of presets by registering your e-mail address at presets.samuelzeller.ch and Samuel will send you a link to the download. Full instructions for installation are contained in the package along with a licence agreement.

There is a likelihood that further presets will be made available and I’ll keep my eyes open for future packages and pass on the details to you here.

The presets are NOT specific to Fujifilm cameras and should work on RAW files from most camera platforms.

Free Stuff!

It’s not often that a really good freebie deal comes off but Google have really pushed the boat out. They are giving away completely free of charge their Niksoft acquisition, The Nik Collection. This is a must get offer  – I’ve already had the set for several years and use Silver Efex Pro2 (for black & white conversions and editing) on a regular basis. You’ll also get Vivenza, Colour Effects 4, Sharpener Pro, an HDR editor, Analogue Effects (for retro film et al) and Define.

I just picked up this news from the blog of Thomas Fitzgerald, who is based in the Republic of Ireland. Thomas has done an enormous amount of work on the problem of sharpening Fujifilm X-Trans images including producing his own sharpening presets and a handy printable guide in PDF format. Pop over and have a look at his blog and other pages – you’ll not be disappointed.

While you’re there pick up some free presets for Lightroom 6+ that mimic the film simulations in Fujifilm cameras. These presets will help speed up selection of the film emulsion/filter combination you want.

I’ve put all the links for the above items in red.