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The Local Milk Preset Collection Vol. I consists of 22 presets designed to achieve various styles in various white balance and lighting conditions. It's the product of years of editing travel, food, and lifestyle photos in Lightroom for Instagram, print, and the blog—which won both editor's and reader's choice for best photography in the Saveur Blog Awards! Ranging from dark and moody to soft and filmesque, these are the presets used to edit my photos on a daily basis. They are designed for photographs taken in natural light.
Like all presets, please remember that these will look different on every photo because every photo is different due to lighting, white balance, subject, camera, etc. They perform best on properly exposed images though some are designed to darken very bright images and some are designed to brighten up dark images. Some are designed to cool warm images and vice versa—not every preset works on every photo. The best way to find out which preset is the best fit for your image is to try them all on and see what you like best!
A little tweaking will likely be necessary after applying the preset to your image to get your desired look due to the diversity of images. Try adjusting the exposure and/or tone curve if you want a brighter or darker image; try adjusting the white balance if you want a cooler or warmer image; and try adjusting the hue/saturation/luminance of various colors in the photo if you'd like to adjust the color. For instance, if you find the greens too blue, you can make them more yellow in the color mixing HSL panel by adjusting the hue of the greens. Think of these as a base to lay down and make them your own.
IMPORTANT: These presets are designed for Lightroom Desktop (Windows / OSX), not mobile, and while they preform best on RAW images, they will also work on JPEGS. To install them, simply drag and drop them into Lightroom. The download link expires after 24 hours—if you miss the deadline, email us and we can send another link! To open them, unzip the zip file and read the PDF in the file—it includes installation instructions and some editing tips!
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