I’ve been going through some of my old photos only to realise one thing has never changed. Well, one opinion. Presets SUCK.
So I agree, this title is a bit misleading. Of course, most of my RAW photos are edited in either Capture One or Photoshop (or both) prior to uploading into your eyeballs. Presets, however, do not find a place in my workflow. In my most non-humble opinion I think presets sold by other photographers and instafluencers are a waste of your money.
Why so harsh you ask? First and foremost, using presets doesn’t help the amateur photographer learn how to properly compose and process their images. There’s no originality in using someone else’s presets, and you end up slapping the same preset on all your crappy instagram photos thinking they look better (protip: they don’t).
Now don’t get me wrong, for some professional photographers presets are a lifeline. If you are a wedding or event photographer, you might take 500+ images of a single event. When you do this multiple days per week, that adds up to a shit load of photos that require editing. In cases like this, presets are king, but these are individualised presets made by an already experienced photographer and editor.
For the rest of us, especially amateur photographers, it’s time to save that $19.99 and get back into manually editing those shots!
Actually.. scrap that! Presets are GREAT. Stay tuned for a WORLD FIRST NC Photog Preset Pack 1 coming out holidays 2020. :P
Stay safe and sane in iso peeps!