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I was so excited when Laura of Pretty Presets sent me her newest Lightroom preset collection "Luminous" to review. I always want to capture beautiful light straight-out-of-camera, but often I am shooting at less than ideal situations and I want to add some beautiful light during the editing process or I have a beautiful image that can really be enhanced with some subtle or dramatic lighting. I had no idea you could even do this in Lightroom until I started using these presets.
One of the things I love about the " Luminous Collection" is that unlike light overlays in Photoshop or PSE, the presets are completely adjustable (here is a excellent video tutorial showing you how to customize them for your own images). When I ran them I I usually loved them as-is, but on some images I wanted to remove some of the light effect from parts of the image (like the face) and it was so easy following the steps in that tutorial.
Another thing I love about this set is many of them can be layered with some presets to create stunning edits. This video will walk you through layering presets. I have some sample images toward the bottom of this post.
For this review I used two beautiful images from Jill Wellington (Vintage Val with Magnolia and Vintage Val with Hat). You can read all about Jill's "Vintage Val" photoshoot here, it is such a great post! I ran the presets from the "Luminous Collection" without any adjustments on the images below.
Creamy Sunflare Left
Sunshine Right 1
Another thing that is remarkable about the "Luminous" collection is that you can layer many of them on top of some presets! Here is a great video discussing layering presets in Lightroom.
Bejeweled V1 + Creamy Sunflare Right from "Luminous"