• Dan Medley

Lightroom Presets: Should I Buy Them?

This old debate. We've heard it a million times... Yes, you should buy presets! NO, you shouldn't buy presets! YES! NO! YES! Maybe? While there probably hasn't been much unsaid in this debate, I figured I'd toss in my two cents that no one asked for...


Negative: They're keeping you from finding your own style. Using them on your art is taking away from your creative output and freedoms when it comes to an image you can create.


Positive: They're helping you get closer to finding your own style. Using them on your art is helping you see your photographs through the creative eye of another artist that you inspire to work towards being. This can help push you in directions you may have never thought to go without them.


Negative: They are taking hard earned money away from you that you could use to purchase new gear to help improve your images. While some packs are less than $10, that's $10 closer to that new lens you have had your eye on.


Positive: They are putting your hard earned money into the pocket of a fellow creator that you find inspiration from. You are helping support them in a quick and affordable way.


Negative: You're going to find that most presets do not work with your images. No two photographs are the same. Just because your favorite photographer uses a preset often does not mean it will translate to your art and what you capture with your camera.


Positive: You're going to find that most presets do not work with your images. You will adjust them slightly until you find ones that work. You can then save these as your own presets and create a style and help improve your editing workflow.


Negative: If you use them, you're lazy.


Positive: If you use them, you're smart and value your time and want to help improve your work flow

You see where I'm going here? There is not an answer as easy as YES or NO. Do what works for you. Who cares what I have to say. Who cares what anyone thinks about you or your art. Create what makes you happy and get to that point as quick and easy or as long and tedious as you want.


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