THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY PRESETS. ALL OF THEM WERE MADE FROM SCRATCH IN THE STYLE I DESIRED FOR MY OWN WORK.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO ACHIEVE DRAMATIC & MOODY VIBES IN YOUR IMAGES, FEATURING WARM TONES AND DYNAMIC CONTRAST -- THESE ARE FOR YOU.
SHP - 01
This is the preset I use to begin all of my edits. It accurately achieves the dark, moody look in nearly every image, while keeping colors acurate, and complimenting skin tones well. I recommend using this on literally everything. It may require adjustments, but 90% of the time, this preset is the one I go to.
As with all presets, different lighting scenarios and skin tones in your clients could require slight tweaking in exposure, temperature, shadows, and likely the hue of your orange tones as well.
The presets work best when shooting in RAW (but can still be used on JPEG), with accurate white balance (using the Kelvin scale will produce the best results in terms of acuracy).
Additionally, if the image is too under or over-exposed, it will require more tweaking, so try to keep exposure somewhere in the middle -- but, as you can see below, the preset looks beautiful on an image with both average and under exposure.
SHP - 02
SHP - 03
SHP - 02 was created from the base preset to best accommodate close-up portraits. The highlights and whites of the image were softened using the curve tool, the shadows were brought up slightly, and the tint was brought up slightly to bring out the soft pinks in the subject's skin. I use this preset for close up portraits, and indoor boudoir.
Skin tone is everything. If your client has tan skin with a neutral undertone, it will produce a totally different result than if your client has light skin with a cool undertone. Don't be afraid to adjust the hues, saturation and luminance of your orange and red tones to best suit your client's skin.
While this preset works on the majority of skin tones, keep in mind you may have to compensate if your client's skin tone doesn't show well with this preset.
I have to do this on a regular basis with my clients. We don't all have the same skin!
Below is an example of the preset on two skin tones that were reading differently in Lightroom. In the image of the couple, I applied the preset, then simply turned the temperature up slightly, and turned the tint down.
SHP - 03 was created specifically for flash images. After beginning with the base preset, I brought down the highlights, brought up the blacks, and brought the temperature up.
If warming up your image still produces odd skin tones, turn up the orange saturation!