Since digital photography came along a lot of photographers have been looking to get that 'film look' to their photos or a look that's consistent across many of the photographs they take. Tweaking your straight out of camera photographs is the ideal way to find a style you and your audience like. I'm no different to these photographers and have spent a long time trying to understand, tweak and find a preset or two that I can use for my photography. Presets to some are a dirty word but I don't get this, it's all about finding the presets that suit you and your workflow and can help to define a signature colour and look to your photographs that enhance them. Admittedly some presets can be a bit over the top and take more work than needed, others just slot in and work pretty well.
Over the years I've amassed a good few different presets, both paid and giveaways and I'm still in search of that perfect look I feel would compliment my photography and offer a colour signature to my work.
Smal Presets I recently came across a Photographer, Sven Malojlo, who has released his own set of presets which on first glimpse look interesting. They are a bunch of presets that break down into 8 colour options and 2 black and white, along with a tonal pack for tweaking the colour and a toolkit for adjustments such as sharpening, grain etc. At just €44 for the set they represent great value.
First impressions of the Smal Presets are very good. A couple of tweaks here and there once you've clicked on the preset and you're good to go. For me, this is the perfect scenario. Whilst I accept there is always some post processing that maybe required, I don't want to sit in front of my computer constantly tweaking every option I need to.
Having used a number of different presets from the likes of VSCO, Mastin Labs, RNI Films and other well known preset makers, these presets appear to provide a perfect balance of work v usability. My standard preset has always been Mastin Labs, I like the colour profiles they use (Kodak, Fuji and B&W), but somehow I can't quite get my photographs to look just how I want them. Smal Presets on the other hand offer a great solution and being developed by a working photographer make implementation simple enough.
I’ve included photographs below with each preset applied, straight out of the box, one click with just white balance adjusted to suit. I’ve purposely used the same photograph as I think it shows the flexibility of each preset, rather than trying to find an image to suit the preset.
Original Image (SOOC) JPG
Smal Preset 02
Smal Preset 01
Smal Preset 04
Smal Preset 03
Smal Preset 06
Smal Preset 05
Smal Preset 08
Smal Preset 07
Smal Preset 09
Smal Preset 10
I'm pretty new to Smal Presets, having bought them a week or so ago, but if you’re a Photographer looking for good quality presets for Lightroom (and/or Photoshop), then check out the range of Smal Presets, they’re definitely worth a look!
Link to Sven’s site can be found here - Sven Malojlo
Photograph shot with Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/1.4