I had seen these Lightroom Develop Presets by Jack Davis earlier last month but only got around to installing them today and I have to say, wow why did I wait so long?
It isn’t that these presets can do anything that you can’t do on your own (time permitting). It is the way they are organized to follow a normal Lightroom Develop module workflow and the sheer logical common sense nature of them (and the time they will save you) that makes them so brilliant.
Whenever I learn something new I am always pleased to come across information that just makes perfect sense right away and every once in a while really surprises me. This way I know that I am working with something that will help me improve my own skills, not being asked to start over once again with someone else’s ideas on how to do things.
The worst teachers are those who say, “forget everything you have learned from all other teachers, now I will teach you the right way.” A good teacher should help you to develop further the knowledge that you already have.
There are seven main groups of around eighty WOW presets for:
1. White Balance Adjustments
2. Tone & Curve Adjustments
3. Vibrance Adjustments
4. Hue, Saturation & Lightness Adjustments
5. Black & White Conversions
6. Color Tints
It is suggested that you follow the normal Lightroom Develop workflow, starting with the White Balance Adjustments and working your way down the list of presets, but in the video tutorial that is available on the onOne website Jack Davis shows us that just like working directly in the Develop panel, you can jump around freely among the WOW presets until you get the desired results.
I should also mention that these presets are of course not hard and fast rules, you can always tweak or improve on a preset by manipulating the image from the Develop panel (and don’t forget to save the new improved presets).
I would like to thank Jack Davis and onOne Software for putting together this set of incredibly amazing Lightroom presets and providing them free on the onOne website - http://ononesoftware.com.