The A. Smith Collection 2.0 is the perfect collab between my account, @ashleysmithfitness, and It Girl Edits! This redefined collection will help you achieve my crisp and bright edits on your photos as you see on my own Instagram feed. These presets will lighten and brighten your photos, give skin tones an extra glow without the added orange everywhere else, and add some great pigment to the color in your photos as well! Taking pictures and making them beautiful should be fun! Capture the moment and add a little effortless editing to make them really pop and tell the story behind your images. Enjoy and let's get to creating!
Here are a few tips to help you utilize each of these presets best when you are editing your photos! Remember that sometimes you can put a preset on your photo and it looks perfect; no changes needed. Other times, you might need to mess around with the various options to pull certain colors up and others lower to achieve the look you are on depending upon the image you are currently editing. It takes time and practice to get better as you go, so don't give up! Get acquainted with all of the cool abilities Lightroom gives you to be able to seamlessly edit your photos quickly once you get the hang of it.
I typically only shoot my photos in natural light, so keep that in mind as you are editing your photos. These presets will take best to pictures taken in natural light, meaning no overhead lights or lamps on (fun photog tip to help you really get better color in your pictures - just turn lights all off and aim to take pics only during the time of day when there is daylight! Your photos will change SO MUCH!) in any of my pictures and I just shoot when it's not dark out!
- For my Bloom preset -- This is more of a muted, cool option, but the pigment and warmth in the colors is awesome. I tend to bring up the Exposure for more brightness, lower the Contrast and play around with the Color Mix for changing color pigments and hues to get it how I want.
- For my Willow preset -- This preset has a few more blue tones than my Bloom one; other than that they are pretty similar. You will find crisp and bright colors. I try to pull up the Temperature dial for more warmth, I dial up on the White option, down on the Shadows, and increase on the Highlights. Try doing the same and adding your own flair!
- For my Classic preset -- This preset is one of my favorites of the bunch because it's pretty effortless. You will find so many nice and bright, even tones. Change up any of the dials to really saturate and brighten as you wish.
- For my Luminance preset -- This preset you will notice has some really washed out colors right off the bat, but don't let that deter you from using it. This is a really great option for darker pictures or ones with a lot of shadows. You can increase the Saturation dial, increase the Contrast and Blacks, and decrease the Exposure for more saturation of color. Just takes a little bit of playing to get it just right. That's the fun part!
- For my Sunset preset -- This preset is more of a warm and muted, but crisp option. One thing I do to really enhance this option is I bring down the Shadows and Exposure dials. Then I dial up the Contrast and Whites, and then play around with Color Mix wheels to get all of my colors just right!
- For my Clover preset -- This preset has some light orange tones with hints of green. You will find good exposure in the whites too! I like to increase the Contrast and Whites, lower the Blacks, and then go into my Color Mix section to lower the color orange saturation and increase its luminance also. You can add more blue tone to it by lowering the overall Temperature dial and increasing the overall Exposure of the image too.
- For my Jade preset -- This preset is another one of my favorites. It is a bit darker, but that is not always a bad thing! This creates such dreamy shadows and depth to any image. I like to mess around with increasing the Exposure and the Blacks to make my images a bit brighter. You can also bring down the Shadows, increase the Contrast some and the Whites as well. You will see quickly how you can take a really over-exposed photo and create something really beautiful out of it with this preset.
I hope this helps makes your editing as easy as possible and gives you some tips on what I like to do with mine. Remember, have fun and mess around with all the options! Changing the exposure, whites, contrast, and blacks can change so much in a photo and then don't forget about your COLOR MIX option! That is where you can really change the saturation of every color in your photo. Pull up the saturation to make it pop and increase the luminance if you need it to not stand out so much. Every preset can work for you and mix them up with different pictures to get the look you want! ENJOY!!
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