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Lightroom Tutorial: How to Edit Like Ben Thomas [+5 Free Presets!]

August 14, 2019


– Hey, guys. Welcome to this
episode of “Denny’s Tips.” Ben Thomas is an amazing photographer. A lot of his photos are popular photos in pastel colors like
yellow, teal, and pink. If you haven’t seen his work yet, make sure you check out his
website and his Instagram. They’re great photos. I love the effect. A lot of people have asked
me how to replicate it, so in this video, I’m going
to show you how to edit like Ben Thomas in Lightroom. Now if you only use
Photoshop, don’t worry. You can still follow along. Just go to Filter, Camera Raw Filter, and all of the Develop
Settings are the same thing. (upbeat music) Before we start, I just
want to let you know about my lightroom presets
that you can download for free. The link is in the
video description below, and after copying it
to your presets folder, you’ll find them in the Develop settings. There’s five effects
that you can choose from, and they all come with
their matching LUTs, which you can use in other software like Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Premier, After Effects, and any other
software that supports LUTs. There’s also a Pro version,
which you can upgrade to, and if you do, thank you
so much for your support. I really appreciate it. The Pro version will
give you all 14 looks, and the presets are fadeable, which lets you treat
something lighter or stronger. Whether or not you use these presets, I still highly recommend
that you continue watching this video to learn how to do it. You’re going to learn
some great techniques, and these are techniques
that you can adapt to create so many other different looks. First, we’re going to work on the tones that achieve the flat look. To do this, simply drop
the highlights and whites, and then increase the shadows and blacks. I’m just going to set them
all to minus 75 and 75. 75 is a good starting
point, and you can adjust it depending on how much
contrast is in your photo. Here’s how the image looks like before… And after. Next, we’re going to shift a hue. Instead of starting in the HSL section, scroll all the way down to the
camera calibration section. Start off by setting the green hue to 100 and blue hue to minus 100. This will shift the blues towards teal. Set the red hue to around 75, which will shift the rest of
the colors towards yellow. Here’s how it looks like before… And after. As you can see, we now have this flat and pastel look. It’s quite close to what we’re going for, but the colors aren’t just there yet, despite maxing out the
green and blue hue settings. To shift a hue even more, we’re gonna go into the HSL section. Make sure that you’re in the All tab, so you can see all of these settings. Select the Picture tool here, and simply click and drag on the blues to shift it towards teal. To shift the reds towards yellow, use the hue picker and drag the
reds until they look yellow. Then deepen the color. Select the Luminance picker
to darken the yellows, and then switch to the Saturation picker to increase the saturation. Here’s how the image looks like before… And after. To finalize the look, you
can go into any settings and tweak it until you get
something that you like. But if you want to change the balance between the amount of teals and yellows, simply adjust the white balance. We’re done. Here’s how the image looks like before… And after. (upbeat music) Hey, thanks for watching this video. If you liked it, please make
sure to hit the like button. Also, we’re getting very
close to 20,000 subscribers, so I just want to take the time to say thank you so much for your support. It’s really fun making these videos, and I really love the engagement, so thank you guys so much for everything. If you have any requests, you’re welcome to let me know. Just leave a comment
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in the comments below, and I’ll see you in the next video. (upbeat music)

13 Comments

  • Reply Barb White March 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Very cool

  • Reply Ramon Traser March 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Hey Denny, would you mind making a video on how to post process like @kateballis or @blachford ?

  • Reply Alpha Film March 28, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Been waiting for this for so long! Thanks a lot Denny!

  • Reply Martin Salazar March 29, 2018 at 5:29 am

    nice video

  • Reply Tobiahs Ellias March 29, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    hey can u do these photographer's editing?
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  • Reply michael mirasol March 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Love your videos. Keep it up!

  • Reply Delta Drones March 30, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Awesome Video!
    Thanks!!

  • Reply เอก เปลี่ยนสายสืบ June 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    nice vdo. thank!

  • Reply Christian Mendoza July 17, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Thanks!!

  • Reply Yuri Cardoso August 20, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Great content, Denny! Keep it up, dude!

  • Reply Zero TV October 4, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Great video, very usefull for me !

  • Reply The 507 Group April 29, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Wanna do it on my mobile. Is that possible?

  • Reply Keirl's Vlog May 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Dng file please

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