Maybe you have noticed the latest hype with every famous instagrammer selling Lighroom presets. I can’t argue that presets usually save up a lot of time but they are not the solution for editing your photos. Well, let’s take it step by step.

  1. What are Lightroom presets?

Lightroom is an editing program for your computer, made by Adobe. Unlike the other editing tools you have on your Instagram app or Vsco app, in Lightroom you have more editing options and you can adjust pretty much any element of your picture (highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity, etc.). You can even adjust each color separately and drag it to the tone you like.

Once you have adjusted your photo the way you wanted it, you can save those settings of editing in a preset to use it later for other photos. So, technically, all your pics should look the same.

2. Why buying presets is not a good idea?

As I said, technically, all your photos will be edited in the same style. However, what nobody tells you is that each photo you take is different: the light is different – maybe you took one pic in the morning and another one in the afternoon and the background is different – what works for cities does not work for nature.

Keeping this in mind, applying the same preset on 2 different photos will make them look from another story. You will always have to make further adjustments to make them uniform.

3. What should I do?

Lightoom is a great tool for editing photos and like any other great tool, there are many Youtube before/ after tutorials that teach you how to use it step by step. Once you have learnt what each button does, you can start creating your own presets. Trust me, it is not that hard.

Building your own presets means that your photos will be edited in an authentically manner. Nobody on Instagram or on the internet will have the same exactly presets as you do.

Also, building your own presets means you have already mastered Lightroom and you know how to further adjust each photo after applying the preset to make it look the way you want it to.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comments below.

One thought on “Why spending money on Lightroom presets is a bad idea”

  1. I use Lightroom heavily for editing but have never saved a preset because like you mentioned, having the SAME filter isn’t appealing. I had no idea people were actually selling their filters these day but I guess with social media, you can basically sell anything!

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