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Presets KILL Creativity! Learn how to edit Landscape Photos with Lightroom

October 18, 2019

presets kill creativity I know it is a strong title maybe a
little aggressive but I strongly believe that you will be better off if you learn
how to use Lightroom rather than buying a preset made by someone else that was
now with you when you took that photo that doesn’t know which kind of feelings
emotions or moods you want to communicate when you share your photos
stick with me follow this video and you will know what I mean welcome to my channel here we talk about
photography and I make videos just like this one where I share my Lightroom
editing techniques so if you didn’t subscribe yet maybe this is the right
time to do so as I mentioned before every single photo will need different
kind of adjustments and this is why in my opinion presets are useless you will
immediately realize that when you apply a preset that was thought for a photo
that will never completely work as is in your own photo and in the end you will
need to adjust the presets that you bought so why not to understand how to
create your own preset for every single photo you took that’s what I do
I never use presets editing is a very creative process and I actually enjoy
editing my own photos sometimes I like to go back to my library check out old
photos and re-edit them maybe with a different mood in mind and I think is a
very interesting process from the same photo you can actually create very
different images depending on what you felt when you took the photo or what you
feel while you’re editing it I will never get tired of saying that every
photo is unique and so is its editing that’s why every month or so I am going
to do a video where I will be editing photos in Lightroom so that you can see
my workflow and also see what kind of adjustments I apply in different kind of
situations I also created this playlist so that if you missed some of the videos
that I did in the past you can actually check them out but now let’s jump in in
today’s photo this photo this photo was taken in
diamond beach in the south east of Iceland this beautiful ice rocks are the
result of the melting glacier that is happening in the glacier lagoon which is
maybe half a mile from this beach acted this photo in May of 2017 and this
picture was taken at about 11:00 p.m. as you can see there is still a lot of
light considering the time of the day at the same time is a pretty dark scene I
didn’t need to use an ND filter for these 1.6 seconds exposure which I took
at f8 ISO 64 with my 20 millimeters F 1.8 okay let’s go into the editing now first thing first I always do I always
check whether the horizon is leveled and I do trust especially when I have a very
clear horizon the auto straighten horizon tool that I have right here then
another thing that I like to do right away is to decide if I need to crop this
image and what kind of image for my size I want to use and in this case
especially because on the very top of the image I don’t really have a lot
happening I believe that I’m going to use a 16 by 9 ratio so will crop a
little bit of the sky and I will move down the image because I
want to see all these nice movement of the water I’m also using a sixteen by
nine because I want to use this image as the thumbnail for this video the second
thing that I like to do is to make sure that I don’t have any dust on my sensor
and to do that I will check this spot removal and I
will click into the visualized spots to see if there are clear signs of dust in
my sensor then of course we will open the basic panel and I want to adjust the
white balance I will pick then a neutral target either
white gray or black I will go for the white because I have a very clear white
right here and this will adjust the white balance for the entire images and
as you can see there’s quite a difference I personally think that this
is a little too much so I like to have a little more blue in my photo so I will
adjust the temperature to about 8600 of course this image were shot in raw and
that’s why I can change the white balance or everything else then on the
basic panel you can easily tap Auto and see what happens and maybe you’re super
happy with this and then you just move forward I want to say that rarely I’m
super happy with the auto adjustment so let’s go back what I like to do instead
is to adjust these sliders one at a time and the first sliders that I like to
adjust in general are the whites and the blacks basically I want to see the
entire range of my histogram before making other adjustments as you can see
my histogram is squeezed in a very small area I want to expand the whites and the
first and is how I do it that shift double click on whites tap shift double
click on blacks as you can see the histogram changed quite a bit
and now I have an expanded histogram with a lot more colors a lot more light
and a wider dynamic range so now that I really expanded the histogram I can
understand whether the exposure of this picture is right or not and I believe it
is right something else I want to do is actually to decrease the highlights a
little bit and bring up the shadows just a tiny bit will increase the contrast increase a little bit the clarity not by
much and the clarity basically is the contrast applied only to the mid-tones
I will increase the Behe’s just a tad increase the vibrance and a little bit
of saturation the vibrance I think right I think I went too far with the vibrance
they 1/2 the vibrance will increase the saturation of the colors that are less
saturated in the picture while the saturation will increase the saturation
of every single car at the same time and we can see that just with these basic
adjustments from the very first panel we have a very dramatic difference flat row
image versus much nicer shot let’s open the tone curve panel by the way if you
want to see one panel at the time you can tap control while you’re here and
make sure that solo mode is tackle in this way when you open a panel the other
one will close so if I open the turn curve panel
the basic panel will collapse I will apply a medium contrast to this image
I’m not going to touch the you saturation and luminance in this image
because I am pretty satisfied with it but I will open the split toning panel
and I might change something here especially because this is a sunset
although the Sun is setting exactly behind me you can still see in the sky
that there is some colors some pink and I want to bring this up a little bit so
I can pick a color that I think will represent the past the colors that is in
these clouds and I can increase the saturation of the highlights using that
specific color and and this is really something that you need to try an
experiment until you find the appropriate color and appropriate level
of saturation with them without there’s a little too dramatic weird and without and of course you can apply a different
color to the shadows as well often in the shadows I like to set a bluish tone
and especially in a seam like this it’ll make a lot of sense okay let’s move to
the details right now as you know light will apply an amount of 25 no matter
what I will decrease the radius increase the detail to a level of 50 and then and
then by clicking on alt and moving the slider related to the masking I will be
able to decide where to apply these sharpening and basically I want to apply
the sharpening to everything but the water and the sky so whatever you see in
white will be affected by the sharpening whatever is black will be not affected
by the sharpen and now I can decide whether I need or not to add some sharp
ring level 51 yeah I like it it seems nice
and sharp let’s close the detail panel open the
lens Corrections as you can see when I import my images in Lightroom I always
make sure that remove chromatic aberration and enable profile
Corrections are already set I will not touch the transform panel but I will add
a little vignette expand all and usually minus 7 minus 8 is what I like I do like
to increase the midpoint all the way but then I will smooth the roundness and the
feather and we can see with without see is there but subtle and with
these I am done with the general and global adjustments let’s see the
difference before after and with the slash key on your keyboard you can
toggle between the two before and after but if you want to see the two images
before and after next to each other you can just tap right here and you will
have the before and after click again you can cycle between different
visualizations next thing I want to do is to take care of some local
adjustments and the very first one that I usually use is the graduated filter
right here double click on effect to reset all the sliders and holding the
shift key and dragging down the filter these will stay parallel and then you
can just where you want to have it what I like to do here is that I want to
reduce the difference of brightness and luminosity that there is between the
upper part of the scene and the bottom so before touching the exposure I
actually will work with the highlights and also I like to use the contrast a
little bit which will darken my sin if I reduce the blacks a little bit that will
also help and sometimes the D haze will also decrease a little bit how bright
the sky now if I want to add a little color in the sky rather than just adding
a bunch of saturation everywhere which will not do much I can add a color right
here and let’s see with maybe a purple blueish color what is going to happen as
you can see this maybe is a little too much so I can easily decrease the amount
that I want to add but I can also apply a mask and decide which luminance of the
image will be actually affected by this color adjustment this is fine as far as
concerned my the upper part of the scene let me apply a new graduated filter for
the bottom part and here I might just want to increase the shadows the clarity
and the sharpness so this is my final image I hope you like it before and
after so this is all for today I hope you
enjoyed this video I hope that sharing my workflow in Lightroom will help you
to learn new tools my recommendation is not to fall for the
one click fix it all precept that people will try to sell you but just improve
your own skills you will be better off in the long term thanks for watching and
I will see you in the next video


  • Reply Attilio Ruffo September 20, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Save your money, don't buy Lightroom Presets! Do you agree?

  • Reply kalyan gvr September 20, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Once again a very nice video👍👍👍 so true about presets!!! Justifies, practice makes one perfect. I see the perfection in your work… Thanks for sharing your knowledge though…

  • Reply Julie Keeble September 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Brilliant Attilio another informative video.

  • Reply T.G. Tran September 20, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you for showing your workflow – by tweaking various sliders to achieve the desired image, you made your point quite clear regarding the lack of creativity of using presets. I started out using presets because I was not familiar with LR and didn't where to start. But gradually, I came to realize presets are more of a hindrance and ended up using them less and less. Also, thanks Attillo for pointing out the "solo mode" – learn new things every time!

  • Reply Mike Capell September 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Well said You you brought everything out on the detail the shadows and the highlights and everything else and you made of the picture pop out and wow factor in the picture and this something I can look at every day

  • Reply ROBIN CHUN September 20, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Very interesting.. I always start with a pre-set of my own doing then work on that, the reason I do that is so I have a 'style', a consistency, to separate my work.. is this not a bad process?

  • Reply Andrea De Meo September 20, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    hai proprio ragione, la foto cosi' e' tua e non di quello che ha creato il preset…. grazie ancora

  • Reply Chris Bunn September 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Great thank you, I love the focus on the creativity in your channel.

  • Reply Alfredo September 21, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Thank you Attilio

  • Reply Larry Rudnick September 21, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Thanks Attilio, this is good advice. I've tried presets but usually go back to working without them. I do sometimes use them for ideas about the direction to pursue with any specific image, but I generally start from the raw file afterward. I think once I get better at post processing, the need for this will decrease. I think, for me, the fact that I started years before digital got me in the habit of accepting whatever came out of the camera (especially with slide film), and this has hampered any experimentation with LR and PS. Your videos are a great help with that – thank you!

  • Reply Stafford Fuhs September 21, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Thanks again for sharing.

  • Reply Mark Vandenberg September 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Hear, hear! 👍🏻

  • Reply Tony Blackwell September 21, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Presets only work on the image that is displayed when they are posted for sale. You can make your own but again, they may only work on the image you were working on when created. Save your money and learn how to edit.

  • Reply WIllIam Edwards PhotoGraphic September 21, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I couldn't use presets in the dark room with film. I had to develop from scratch and it's one of the things that made me fall in love with photography! Now we have a lightroom wrather than a dark room, why would anyone pay somebody else to develop their art? The value is in the expression. Not in subcontracting the development. 🙂

  • Reply Laredo Montoneri September 21, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Favolosoo ho imparato un paio di cose che non sapevo su LR..

  • Reply Benny Ricko September 21, 2018 at 3:36 am

    A very clear and interesting video, thank you!

  • Reply Syamkumar CK September 21, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Great video | thank you for interesting thoughts sharing ❤🤗
    Beautiful picture 👌

  • Reply Kenny C September 21, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Love how you explain things to a T. You have a lot of talent in providing your tips and tricks.
    I’ve been following you for a while now. and I genuinely have to say you really give me more passion to go out a snap more pictures. I never paid for presets however with Lightroom they give you free starting points witch I tend to do 40% of the time to get me started. Then I RESET and do my own tweaks.
    Keep up the great work look forward to your next journey ⭐️

  • Reply Steve Miller September 21, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Agreed, presets are a cop-out. Using the sliders to make edits should, with time and practice become as easy as clicking on a preset.

    With that said I still think actions can still be useful.

    You had an easy to follow workflow and I appreciate your efforts.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply James Bourne September 21, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Hi Attilio,
    I'm loving your humour and knowlege .
    Thank you so much for that.
    I've a question about ND filters, do you stack them? or do you have very high ones? Where do you get them from?
    My darkest is ND8 and i no way can get anything like a long enough exp time with f8 on a bright day. So I am cranking it up to f22 all the time rather than putting such a thick layer of dark plastic in front of my lens.
    I have to say my ND filters are not of the highest quality and about 5mm thick. So if I were to stack the ND4 and ND2 I would only get to ND14 and have close to 1.5 cm of plastic which I feel must be compromising the image quality, somewhat!
    Thanks again for sharing and showing us your lovely work.

  • Reply Orkun Kaan Türeyyen September 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Couldn't agree more Attilio! Thanks for emphasising on this.

  • Reply David ray September 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    aswm words👍.. truly agreed🔥

  • Reply Gordon Melrose Building Design September 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Brilliant. Looking forward to your next LR video

  • Reply Enrico Benatti September 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Ho provato a cimentarmi con CC Classic perché uso di solito il CC che è più semplice ma devo dire di non avere sotto controllo tutti gli effetti anche se ho cercati di seguire il tuo percorso di elaborazione.
    Giro il link della foto che ho elaborato, rimanendo in Islanda, per creare un effetto più "dramatic":

  • Reply Philip Culbertson September 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I agree about not buying presets. I do differ on creating my own presets, particularly in the local adjustment tools. I find I often like to brush on clarity, sometimes light, sometimes dark depending on the rocks I am working on. I also like to brush in sun glow in places to enhance existing lighting. These are two examples but I adjust an image and if I find myself often using a similar effect, I save it as a local adjustment preset in the local adjustment tool area. This has saved me lots of time when doing my local adjustments. I like the editing videos Attilio.

  • Reply Mark Harris September 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I am always blown away by your images, no more than with this one. You are a phenomenal and talented artist who is obviously extremely skilful in making his images. I too re-edit my images, usually with the precursor "What on Earth was I thinking?", and even after being re-edited they don’t compare to yours. That’s the wonderful thing about Lightroom, it’s non destructive and we can go back, but even with Photoshop I save under a different name maintaining the original.

    I think, like stabilisers are great for learning how to ride a bicycle, presets do help those tipping their toes into editing for the first time. But like stabilisers you want to get rid of them ASAP. I think it’s ok for people new to photography to use autoexposure so they can concentrate on the other aspects of photography like composition. Presets are the autofocus of editing to my mind, then then the new photographer can concentrate on cropping and the basics. There’s so much about photography and editing I think it’s worth learning bit by bit, rather than learn too quickly.

    Another superb video, I always enjoy listening to other photographers' thought patterns even more than I enjoy the legendary 'What's in my bag' videos. Thank you.

  • Reply Gary McClure September 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    FANTASTIC!! Thanks for this video — every time I learn something new form you!!!

  • Reply Dario Daniele September 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Ciao Attilio, concordo pienamente con te: il processo creativo di una foto non puo' essere ridotto al mero uso di un preset. Credo pero' che, ultimamente, la fruizione di questi mezzi di post editing sia stata agevolata da una componente ben precisa: fornire al proprio lavoro una sorta di elemento riconoscitivo. Noto molto spesso, prevalentemente su Instagram, che diversi fotografi (professionisti e non) si avvalgono di preset, quasi come volessero mostrare il loro "marchio di fabbrica". Forse (in questi termini), potrei anche accettare tale utilizzo, tuttavia il fotografo alle prime armi rischierebbe di rimanere intrappolato in questo contesto, perdendo di fatto la grande opportunita' di arrichire la sua conoscenza.

  • Reply Brendi Bread September 21, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Something about your voice is both calming and inspiring. Honestly, you are my favorite photographer by far

  • Reply AoToGo September 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    You state the obvious but it's good that you did because it could save people money! Love your channel, very enjoyable and a great learning tool.Cheers from the UK.

  • Reply Gary Barirnger September 21, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Auto did not level your horizon. Very clear to see in video.

  • Reply Paolo Morgano September 21, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Stunning pic! And a great collection of LR tips & shortcuts to improve and speedup post prod workflow. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply alberto mattesini September 21, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Complimenti manca solo una cornice foto stupenda!!!proverò’ ad usare questo metodo di lavoro, più che altro per vedere di migliorare la qualità delle immagini della mia xt2.

  • Reply Tofu September 22, 2018 at 5:58 am

    I don't agree whole heartedly. You aren't suppose to click on the preset and say you're done. I buy presets for several reasons:
    1. Support my favourite photographers
    2. Learn how they achieve certain looks in their photo so I can learn through this way and apply the same principles to my own. No one can teach me better than seeing the process and why they decided to bump up certain tones and colors.
    3. Sorry but they aren't many tutorials on the sort of photography I'm into (night cityscapes). So this is one of the most effective ways to learn.

    It's hard for photographers to make money so saying "Don't buy presets" kind of hurts them. Let's support our local photographers and at the same time, not shame those that choose to buy presets.

  • Reply Abid Husain September 22, 2018 at 9:32 am

    New lesson learned after watching this video, all those LR videos with million views didn't teach what this video do.
    Thanks for the video!

  • Reply SNIPPETS FROM GOA September 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Thoroughly enjoy watching your video tutorials. I am looking forward to dissecting your work flow tips and applying them to my images. You are the “master”.

  • Reply Sean Christopher September 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    In my years as a photographer so far, I've never used a preset. On occasion I may purchase something from a fellow photographer – youtube mentor – to show support but it simply becomes a donation. Great video as always!

  • Reply Darko Pelikan September 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Great Video Attilio, as always! I really agree to your statement and found out for myself, that presets from others don't really work on my photos. I tried it, and deleted them again. (free presets samples from the web and once i bought some, but dont use them anymore) I have more fun editing the photos myself, and saving MY OWN Presets for quick adjustments on similar photos. Again, Great Video, and thanks for the helpful tips i did not know so far… (visualize spots, solo mode, doubleclick black&whites, etc.).

  • Reply Peter Willstein September 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Masterfully done. Excellent present of your work flow. Thank you for teaching me a few new techniques.

  • Reply Derek Willson September 23, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Completely agree, why use someone else's creative input as a starting point? makes no sense at all, thanks for this video Attilio, regards Derek.

  • Reply Dominik Zapasnik September 23, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Attilio, I agree with you 90%. 10% I have to disagree. I do agree with you that presets kill creativity and that no preset is equal. It is better to learn how to manually control your image with Lightroom then to rely on presets or filters that you really don't know what they do. On the other hand, once somebody masters how to create manually a true masterpiece in Lightroom, then that somebody will know how to use presets. I do use presets sometimes (the free ones) but when I use them I always add to them. So I manipulate my image after my preset is applied to give an image that once in a thousand look.
    I like your work flow. Very organized, detailed and consistent. I have to compliment you in this way: I grow with you. I am really impressed on how you look at the photo and what is going through your mind, your vision, your passion for getting the photograph just the way you like it and your control over it. Thank you very much for this inspiring look at how you edit pictures. I do appreciate this very much and your time in giving us a great video which we can all look on how a true professional photographer like you handles editing. Thank you!

  • Reply Gord Roberts September 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Attilio, thank you for this. I completely agree, I believe very strongly that every photo deserves to be edited to reflect the photographer's vision and emotions specific to the moment of capture and/or editing. Even though our Lr workflows are very similar, I learned some good Lr shortcuts. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Roland Rick September 24, 2018 at 1:56 am

    😍 All YT videos should be like this 👍. I fully agree to the title. Sometimes it will make sense to use presets (e.g. sports, all shots made same position and light condition), but then, I will make it myself.

  • Reply Bilgi Deposu September 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    first thanks for you tutorials. i have question i use lightroom for a year and now it happened like that i start editing with lens correction first,. what do you think? is it not normal?

  • Reply Lumens Borealis-II September 25, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Gratitude to you Sir. Wow … so many common sense (and perhaps subtle) considerations you've provided in this video. The most interesting and perhaps not so obvious in terms of choices is that we can select the aspect ratio for a crop and that doing so has to do with the intended use for the image … a consideration for how we might frame an image once printed/posted. I have tended to crop outside of given aspect ratios according to what works for the composition … and that too is a creative choice. But, you have me thinking about what I can do with an image … and that's a very good thing. Thank you Attilio!

  • Reply Alisina Modarres September 25, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Thank you for your perfect tutorial

  • Reply Leo Horthy September 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Attilio, I find your videos inspirational! Thank you for sharing your methodology.

  • Reply Mark James Wilcox September 27, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hi Attilio. Another great video showing how the different settings in Lightroom affect the photograph. You are a great teacher. If I was to have one criticism of the photo in this, however, for me the added pinkness made the sky great but was a little bit too much in the wave motion white areas. Is it possible to reduce the effect in the waves while keeping the effect in the sky after the initial edit? Thank you.

  • Reply marc thibault September 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    for me preset is a good point to start,,and make ajustement in the workflow to my point of view…!!!

  • Reply HTCGT1963 September 27, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Best Lightroom explanation I have ever seen. Thank you very much, Please make more.

  • Reply Arsenio Frontela September 29, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Great video thanks again for your dedication and your enthusiasm in photography and I definitely agree with your title.

  • Reply Mario Hrubý October 6, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    You are fully right Attilio, presets are only tools for massive adjusting of photographs …

  • Reply Alex Morgan October 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I agree 99.99%. Presets serve a purpose for the lazy. A lot of people just don't want to do the work, to take a shortcut to get to the finish. I would never pay for presets. I have tried a few Lightroom ones that come with the software with mixed results. It is generally a start but they have to be adjusted as the preset was not created specifically for the image you wish to apply it to. For applying a certain style/effect quickly presets can be useful I suppose but once I guess they have been used a few times then their effect doesn't become special anymore. As you say learn how to process your own images as how you would like them. Artists are like magpies. Good artists copy other artists' work, the best artists' steal other artists' work. As you say develop your own style and own presets. We are all influenced by what we see, by your work as well. Thank you for sharing your style of processing, work flow and thoughts.

  • Reply Kyle Kosolofski October 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    One of the best channels!

  • Reply yazphoto October 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    ANOTHER very well video done .i decide to buy ione of your photography of new york. i ve sent an email as suggested

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  • Reply Amichai Shaul October 15, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Thanks Attilio for another great video

  • Reply John Alford October 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    So very, very helpful. Thank you, so much.

  • Reply APERTURE ADE October 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Once I've downloaded lightroom I will watch this again.

  • Reply Mark Frank October 23, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    I have been tempted from time to time to buy some, but my intuition told me picture taking is so individual a one size fits all option is not a viable option that makes sense for me. Not to mention getting better requires experimentation and making your own decisions means getting better. Learn from masters such as you and then applying them in your own artistic way is the way to improve, you keep showing and I will keep applying them for better results. Another excellent video and one where as always is the case I am learning and growing.

  • Reply Bas Berkhuijsen October 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Super!! Great inspiring lessons. And the way you explain en demonstrate are crisp and clear, i like your ART pictures. Thanks for sharing and providing!

  • Reply john gunning October 28, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I agree but there are a few settings that would be worth saving as presets, such as remove Chromatic Aberration and reducing radius down to 0.8?

  • Reply Alicia TangoTweety October 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I am a high energy person and this often can get in the way when I undertake something new, like post-processing. I want to learn everything at once but then can get overwhelmed by biting off way more than I can chew and digest. LUCKILY, I found your tutorials! Your approach to teaching reflects your work: serene but not boring, gentle yet passionate, concise and precise but still very very artistic. I can watch a video before I head off to sleep and instead of tumultuous dreams tossing me around, there is clarityas to what I wish to say with my photos when I wake up. Mille grazie!

  • Reply Rachel Rachel's October 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I learn't a few new things from this – Thank you 🙂

  • Reply nahum romero November 3, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Attilio thanks to share your knowledge, molte grazie!!!!

  • Reply Philip Lanz November 9, 2018 at 12:30 am

    When you discuss your manual focusing, do you ever consider the hyperfocal distance and if so where and how do you focus.
    Thank you for your great videos.

  • Reply Nic November 10, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Grazie mille!

  • Reply Maarten Venter November 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Very well explaned. Been watching a few of your videos today and have learnt so much. Slowly I am losing my fear of Lightroom. . Thanks.

  • Reply Daniele Fiorini November 11, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I agree with you, Attilio about presets. You have anticipated what I had in my mind for a long time, about post-processing. My compliments for your videos.

  • Reply RDS Photography November 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    In my opinion, presets serve only one purpose … to help a new Lightroom/Photoshop user to see how other "artists" view alternative outcomes of post processing. A person should approach an image with a clear idea of where they want to go and after a while should be able to look at an image, decide what adjustments it needs, and go their directly using the toolkit provided by both Lightroom and Photoshop … WITHOUT any presets. People who lean on presets never seem to gain the skill of analyzing an image or the skills of how to apply each tool in their toolkit to get to their goal. Those last two steps ARE the creative process they should be developing.

  • Reply Mehmet Tekin November 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Your tutorials have been very inspiring, thank you for the shares, they have shed a light to my RAW editing self improvement. Looking forward to more tips…

  • Reply ted K December 3, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Your videos are so timely as I am considering leasing Light Room. I want to learn your techniques of long exposure ND and panoramic shots as I live in a coastal town in Florida with inlet, beaches and rivers. Many opportunities for landscape photography with my D810.. So I've watched all of your videos, some twice, and have enjoyed your photography technique and photo editing skills. Love the image of the "Tree in the lake". Thanks so much.
    Ted in Sebastian, Fl.

  • Reply subra sharma December 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I truly agree with you sir 🙂 really loved the picture. This video is really helpful ♥️

  • Reply Hitchy December 16, 2018 at 7:29 am


  • Reply Sharon Brown December 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I love your work and I love your tutorials. I'm just a beginner with editing so I have a lot to learn. Keep making tutorials for me please!

  • Reply Wilson Vieira December 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I love your videos.

  • Reply Cristiano Giani December 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Grande tutorial.Grazie
    Ciao ciao…

  • Reply boatman222345 December 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Totally agree with your comments on presets inhibiting creativity! Living as I do in a culture of conformity I hunger for an opportunity to express my personal views and tastes, which is of course why photography is my passion. Why in the world would I want to apply a preset created by someone else to my image??? For those feeling that presets are OK try for a moment to imagine a great artist like Michelangelo allowing someone to dictate the layout of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

  • Reply Andy Chattaway January 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Attilio the passion for your art is so evident in your voice that I might be inspired without even seeing the image. Having said that your photographs are spectacular. You spend only a short time processing your images in LR but attain amazing results 👌 I never use presets because i don't see how they could possibly work unless you took the same picture at the same time in exactly the same conditions.

  • Reply Joseph Earl January 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Great video! I dont really believe in presets i feel that every photo is different and needs to be edited in its own way to bring the most out of the photo. Love your stuff btw great job.

  • Reply Santiago Gonzalez February 6, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks Attilio. Very nice!

  • Reply D Ludwig February 26, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Thanks for bringing up this topic Attilio..Bravo…!!!!

  • Reply Juan Carlos Guzman March 4, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Great editing. Do you print images with your own printer or you use a online lab? Do you recommend one in particular for printing. Thank you

  • Reply Øyvind Holmstad March 18, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I started with RAW about a year ago, with Lr CC and Ps, but as ACR scales wrong on my laptop I ordered Capture One last week. I really miss Nik Collection, which I used a lot. But now I see it different. I will develop my skills in C1 and forget presets, styles and plugins. Will not buy any of the styles you can buy for C1 either. I will learn myself the heavy, slow way in C1, and never look at an image as finished, but a piece of art which develops with me. Thanks!

  • Reply Annie R March 27, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I tried OPP (other people's presets) a few times but they do nothing for me. (Do I shoot in Auto? No. Do I use other people's editing protocols? No.) I have one Lr preset, made by me, called Basics. From there on, I believe every image deserves – and needs – its own unique editing treatment.

  • Reply Haiti2017 April 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Could you please use a color mouse pointer? I can't even see what you're clicking on 🙁

  • Reply Roberto castro May 11, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Hello Attilio, I've been watching your videos for a couple days already and I really like the way that you keep it simple and at a pace that everyone can follows, specially with your LR editing process where you go for a more dramatic image, but not going totally crazy with the transformation.
    I started taking photographs of the landscape since a was a kid (some 40 years ago) with a Rollei 35 camera, so I've been through the changes from film / slides, where all the adjustments were made to the camera previous to the capture of a unique and final image, into the digital era were our creative horizons got expanded and all images now are transformed by the desire of the photographer. I try to be true to my original passion for photography, that was to try to capture in an image the amazing display of natural beauty happening in front of my eyes. For that reason I really try to minimize my editing process and the time that I spend messing with the computer vs the time I spend taking the pictures. I think your videos help me to go in that direction. Thank you.

  • Reply Glenda Rowland May 21, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I love, love, love your photography. Its simply stunning Attilio. Learning so much with your LR tutorials too. You’re such an inspiration.

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  • Reply Danny M June 16, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Attilio, what version of your lightroom… thank you sir for all information…

  • Reply Soffia June 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    So true! I know quite a lot about lightroom, but I learn some shortcut… Thanks for sharing 🙏🏼👍🏼

  • Reply Abdo Charles July 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Editing is not complicated suddenly thank you

  • Reply ricosuave July 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    each time I watch a video I learn a new skill…Thanks AR.

  • Reply Robert Lee July 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Attilio, Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I very much enjoyed watching this video. I am a relativity new subscriber and watch these on my lunch hour. I have a question and not sure if you have covered this in another video but so important is your monitor vs mine, monitor calibration and understanding what we will get when we go out to print. Thanks again!!

  • Reply Riccardo Pareschi July 31, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    You're right, every photo is unique … I'm learning from you and your videos in putting more attention to every single photo while shooting, then while editing. Thanks !

  • Reply Gene Moretti August 20, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Fantastic, I love your work and thank you for the LR instruction.

  • Reply Arno Muskens August 29, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Couldn't agree more. As usual you offer great insight, thank you Attilio.

  • Reply PWPhoto September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Agree 200%. Each photo is a personal expression of the photographer. Presets eliminate that individuality.

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