Monday, May 27, 2013

REVIEW: Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom Presets (Discount Offer)

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Review

Trey Ratcliff runs one of the hottest photography related web sites in the world (based on current Alexa rankings) and enjoys over 8 million+ fans on Google+! One of the major factors of his rapid success is his ability to keep cranking out amazing images on StuckInCustoms.com.

When I interviewed Trey in early 2010 his site wasn’t much bigger than ronmartblog.com is now, so I’ve been studying his site carefully to see why he’s experienced such tremendous growth in the last 4 years. The key reason seems to be his consistency at cranking out images that people love. Many of these images are HDR, which is what he’s famous for, but the real secret sauce in his imaging has been what he does AFTER the HDR merge. He talks about it in his tutorials but what struck me as the most impressive thing is how quick his workflow is! This dude is fast at making images that start out looking like something you or I would take, but then BAM they look awesome!

Like all photographers he has a workflow which features a lot of things that done frequently that might seem random to the casual observer. Trey has collected these common things he does to make his images look great into this collection of Lightroom Presets which can transform any image – HDR or not – to get that Trey Ratcliff signature color look and feel.

Of course if you want the full monty then you’ll need to have to start with great composition techniques, do some HDR work, probably apply some textures with an eye for great subjects to shoot. However these presets can be your starting point for your everyday shots or your finishing touches after you are done editing your images in Photoshop.

Samples

Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Steampunk Afternoon Preset

Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
HDR in Lightroom Preset Collection Example

Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
HDR in Lightroom Preset Collection Example

Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Beyond Expectations Preset

Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Trey's Lightroom Preset Sample Image - Copyright Trey Ratcliff
Big Wheel Race Preset

Video Demonstration from Trey


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Ron’s Real World Sample

Due to Mother’s Day I needed to do a quick article tonight so I didn’t have much time to build samples for the article, but I’ve been playing with these for a few days and I really like them. To help demonstrate how they look on a random image that I just edited recently (see here for my full HDR edit). Here’s the original image with no adjustments and no HDR (just one frame):

Original with no edits - nothing special, just an average tourist shot
Original with no edits - nothing special, just an average tourist shot

Trey's HDR Preset: A Good Start
Trey's HDR Preset: A Good Start
I was quite happy with this one click improvement from LIGHTROOM ONLY!

Endless Portrait Preset
Endless Portrait Preset
I was excited about the whole new direction this photo took with this preset

Stronger Glaze Preset
Stronger Glaze Preset
This was a pretty hot effect that I would have never come up with on my own

The Navigator Preset
The Navigator Preset
This looked like a Infrared converted camera took the shot – awesome!

Dramatic Chippy Preset
Dramatic Chippy Preset
This felt like a cool old film shot

More Potent Preset
More Potent Preset
I was impressed at how this was better than my 90 minute edit done using HDR!

HDR Mild Mild Mild Preset
HDR Mild Mild Mild Preset
And for those who really want a subtle improvement, this was nice!

Amazing Raisins Preset
Amazing Raisins Preset
This wasn’t exactly to my taste, but it gave me some ideas that I really liked
because it’s Lightroom I can easily many non-destructive changes from here!

Overall I was impressed with the variety of styles I could get with a single click.

Please note that ALL of these images in this section are Copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED! You may view them on your own machine but you may not print them or save them beyond the time you are viewing this article.

Please keep in mind that Lightroom Presets REPLACE your settings and are NOT additive so you click and you get this effect. Click another and you get a different effect – not the combination of both.

Click here to see the full gallery and larger sizes of these files. Additional preset applications not shown here are included.

Conclusion

These are the hottest selling Lightroom 4 and UP presets on the web right now because they are really quite good! In fact, I can easily say these are the best ones I’ve ever used and honestly the only ones I’ve felt are worth importing in Lightroom. Most of the others I’ve tried elsewhere have been crappy presets that I can easily do myself!

It’s worth a try to use my discount and if you don’t like them then enjoy the risk free returns!

THESE DO NOT WORK WITH LIGHTROOM VERSIONS LESS THAN 4.0!

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