Initial thoughts on the Earth Tones preset

An Adobe Lightroom preset collection by The Preset Factory

So here is something I’ve been planning on writing for a little while now.

Late Autumn last year, I stumbled upon a company called The Preset Factory. I was on the look out for some cinematically inspired presets for Adobe Lightroom and they popped up on my Facebook feed (the wonders of online advertising and algorithms).

I purchased the presets, which I was quite impressed with (nice orange and teals – when I get the time, I will write review of them too). But then afterwards, I was alerted to their new preset pack, Earth Tones.

So once again, I bit the bullet and made the purchase.  I have a wedding booked for this year which will be taking place in a woodland inspired venue, so I figured that this preset pack would be perfect for that.

Featuring 15 presets, inspired by the faded natural palettes of nature, they are intended to add a warm, nostalgic look to your images.

I have to say, I am quite impressed with them.

Set-up is a pretty simple process, you download an installer from your account on their website and it takes care of everything for you in a matter of minutes.

Karryn and Bobby

Edited with TPF Earth Tone 1 Preset.

While I have yet to use them for any wedding work, I have played around with the presets on a number of my own photographs and some images I have taken on various other assignments.

Naturally, being called “Earth Tones”, it’ll come as no surprise that the presets are at their strongest when used outside in natural light.  While I am still not too sure about how well they play with studio images in artificial light, I think with more work on my part there is some potential there (see images “Karryn and Bobby” and “Grace”).  They certainly have a distinct look to them that I quite like.

When you first apply the preset, it doesn’t always “click” – but with some playing around of the white balance and exposure settings, the images can and quite often come to life.

Some of the presets have a little too much grain for my liking. I don’t really see the point in replicating film grain when working digitally. Film colours, yes, but grain? Why? I just don’t get it. But that’s a personal thing on my part.

On the whole, I’d say it’s quite a solid selection of presets, which at £14 can’t really be grumbled at.

For more information about Earth Tones and the Preset Factory, go here. Should you wish to purchase the Earth Tones presets, use the code EARTH15 for 15% off.

Grace

Edited with TPF Earth Tone 4 Preset.

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