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Why you can’t use presets on every photo

Post production is an essential part of the photography process. A picture does not get published without some finishing applied on them. Automation tools such as presets and actions help speed up this process, but there is a danger in using them.

Before we go all crazy on why you should not be using the presets, let’s first discuss what is Preset:
Probably the easiest way to explain Presets is that they are preset editing settings. When you’re using Lightroom to edit your photographs, you move controls–called sliders–to change settings like color saturation, brightness, and contrast. If you get a particular combination of settings to your liking, you can then save that combination of settings as a preset–it’s pre-set, get it?
When you apply the preset to your photos, it will automatically adjust all of the settings that you had saved.

We as a professional retoucher don’t use preset as every image needs a different touch every time, presets can help speed up the process of post production but it is not possible to get desired results by just using the presets. Presets are just a tool to give your images a final touch, like some photographers use certain presets to give their image a signature touch so that people can recognise their image just by looking at it.

But as we’ve mentioned earlier that you can’t depend on the presets everytime, apart from that there are few reasons why you should not be using presets:

Lighting and Color are too photo-specific for presets to work: As a photographer you must know that the light and color setting of each image is different and you can’t use the same preset on every photo as you will not get the desired result.

If you use presets, you’ll never learn how to actually edit: Photography is a creative field and you learn by experimenting and you can’t learn something new if you keep using the presets and become dependent on it.

If you use presets, you’re lazy: Using presets make you lazy as you just don’t want to spend time on post production work, and this makes you lazy and your creativity as a photographer is being limited due to this.

So as a professional retoucher we would say that you should not be using preset on all of your images, sometimes it’s cool to use the presets but you should know when to use it and when not to. And we are always here to help you with your post production work. You can try a free sample to test our work quality.


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