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With our 101 Landscape Lightroom presets — you’ll make adding that additional pop to your landscape images a breeze. Photographers experienced with pre-set controls know they won’t see their desired results unless they use a type specifically tailored for the shoots they undertake. That’s why professional landscape photographer Sarah Sisson has developed an editing system dedicated to the task of landscape photography. These 101 Landscape Lightroom presets give you countless image-enhancing options to make your pictures say exactly what you want them to. Ideal for professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike, they deliver professional results on every front.

With our mega pack of 101 Landscape Lightroom presets, enhancing your landscape shots is a breeze.

In this massive presets back you’ll get:

  • 6 high quality preset collections
  • Save time getting your landscapes looking just right
  • Streamline your workflow
  • Use the presets the professionals use to create stunning images
  • Give your photos an instant “pop”’
  • BONUS Tool Box: 29 presets designed to be stackable for making simple adjustments.

Landscapes that Pop

The dPS 101 Landscape Lightroom presets can help you achieve the potential from your landscape images more fully by accentuating the mood and tonal qualities of each season, lighting and weather conditions. With over 100 preset options, you can quickly gain results that make your photos truly pop and convey the strongest visual messages. Programmed for summer, autumn, winter, and spring, the pre-calibrated optimisations allow you to enhance your landscapes according to seasonal characteristics.

If black and white is your thing, other presets enrich tonal values and increase the dynamic range to give your greyscale images a truly immersive effect. The same goes for monochrome pictures of any colour. Instead of the flat look that typically arises from applying a monochrome filter, the 101 Landscape Lightroom presets can have your image leap out at you or draw you deeper into the picture. Most landscape photos benefit from an abundance of detail across the tonal range of the image, yet with deep shadows and blown-out highlights in many outdoor situations, this can be near impossible to achieve under normal shooting conditions. This is where the high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities of your camera become invaluable, but even if you don’t have this capacity, you can achieve comparable results in an instant by using the 101 pre-set bundle.

Take a look…

Preset Examples

Summer / Spring

  • Before-Boho Dream
    After-Boho Dream


  • Before-Glorious Autumn Day
    After-Glorious Autumn Day


  • Before-Crisp Winter
    After-Crisp Winter

Black and White

  • Before-Majesty
  • Before-Big Color Love
    After-Big Color Love

Mono Tones

  • Before-Antique

Bonus Toolbox!

  • Before-Example 2
    After-Example 2
    BeforeExample 2After

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How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

Other composition techniques like the Rule of Thirds require a photographer to mentally break down an image to evaluate balance. Low and high perspective alter the way a viewer sees the world and symmetrical/asymmetrical elements highlights the quirky beauty of life. The technique we’ll have a quick look in this article, demonstrates the power of framing, especially in an urban environment.How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

What is framing?

Framing in photography creates a self-contained image, like a photo-within-a-photo effect. As photographers, we are used to seeing the world through the frame of a viewfinder. We constantly evaluate what we’ll keep in an image and what we’ll exclude. We deliberately apply perspective, aim, zoom and positioning techniques to construct our photographs – sometimes without even noticing.

By cradling the subject in a balance of space and line, a frame is created, not dissimilar to the photo frames you’d find on your shelf at home.  Essentially, you are crafting a frame within a frame to deliberately bring focus to a subject, adding narrative and the unique experience of voyeurism that photography affords.

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How do I frame a photograph?

For such an effective technique, framing has plenty to offer. It makes use of strong design skills, adding an extra layer to an image to create more depth.  Framing can also be used to obscure more mundane areas of a scene, boosting the efficacy of a photograph when viewed by others.

Composing an image by making use of framing is fairly straightforward. Start out searching for windows and doors as they are the most abundant frames in an urban environment. You’ll find that windows and doors, when photographed, contain their own little ecosystem within the one image. This is great for capitalizing on both content and narrative, almost like reading a window in a comic strip!

Frame shapes

Square or rectangular frames are probably the first things that leap to mind when someone considers framing. Doorways and windows are a great way for emphasizing a subject or depth, but they are not the only options and framing is not limited to squares or rectangles.

The image below proves how versatile the urban environment can be for artificial framing. The image was taken from the floor of a train station, lens pointed to the floor above. The darkness of the building structure is silhouetted against the blue sky, forming a crescent shape. The frame draws attention to the contrast of the architecture against the sky but also cradles the form of a human passing by.

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

Keep it real

Framing can be really effective for highlighting specific areas of a photograph. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not every photograph needs framing. Some images are much more effective when they stand alone. Like most photography, you need to be versatile and trust your instincts.

While lining up a perfect shot through a fence can be effective, make sure to be aware of your surroundings too. Don’t focus so heavily on framing that you sacrifice other photographic opportunities. You don’t need to force a frame on an image, so don’t overthink it. You want natural images that are enhanced by a frame, not poor images that require a frame to garner interest.

Just stay open to the idea of framing and gather enough experience to recognize a framing opportunity when one presents itself. This way, opportunities tend to reveal themselves rather than you having to force them out of hiding.

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment


How to use Texture to Improve Your Photos

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How to use Texture to Improve Your Photos- Andrew S. Gibson

texture in compositionI recently wrote about the importance of texture in my article about converting photos to black and white in Lightroom and my review of MacPhun’s Intensify app. Today I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at this compositional element, and how becoming more aware of it can help you create stronger images.

Why is texture important? The primary reason is that it helps you create a sense of depth and tactility within your photos.

Let’s look at some practical examples.

Photo with lots of texture

Here’s a photo I took in a Bolivian town.

texture in composition

Look at all the beautiful textures; in the dog’s fur, the stone he is laying on, the concrete step and wooden door behind him. Can you imagine what the dog’s fur is like to touch? Or the stone, concrete or wood? The textures of those objects help you do that, and bring a two-dimensional image to life.

Photos with some texture

Here’s another photo taken in South America.

texture in composition

There are several contrasts that make the photo interesting. One is the difference in brightness between the church and the sky (tonal contrast). The other is the contrast in texture. The stonework has a rough surface and a lot of texture. The sky has none. The contrast between the rough and the smooth adds an extra layer of interest.

Portraiture is another subject where you can exploit the contrast in texture between the relatively smooth surface of someone’s skin, and a highly textured background. The portrait below is an example of that. The lack of texture in the model’s skin contrasts with the textures in his sweater, hair, and the background.

texture in composition

The contrast between rough and smooth is also common in long exposure photography, where photographers use shutter speeds of a minute or longer to blur the motion of the sea, or other body of water. The result is a photo containing both still elements (such as the concrete jetty and the island in the photo below) and moving elements that have recorded as a smooth, even tone, thanks to the long exposure.

texture in composition

Post-processing and texture

One of the benefits of digital photography is that you can use the tools available in programs like Lightroom to emphasize texture. Or in the case of portraits, to de-emphasize it by applying a local adjustment to smooth skin (my article Four Ways to Improve Your Photos With the Clarity Slider in Lightroom shows you how to do that in more detail).

Here’s a quick tip. Think about enhancing texture as a local adjustment rather than a global one. In the example of the dog above I made two Clarity adjustments in Lightroom. The first was a global adjustment made by setting Clarity to +12 in the Basic panel. The second was a local adjustment made by using the Adjustment Brush to select the dog (see below) and setting Clarity to +41. The result is that the textures of the dog’s fur and the background don’t compete.

texture in composition

Practical Exercise

The aim of this article is to get you thinking about texture and how you can use it to make your photos better. Here are a couple of exercises to help train your eye to see texture:

1. Street photography

Take a walking trip around your neighbourhood, looking for subjects with lots of texture. Think of things like doorways, letterboxes or anything made from concrete or stone. They don’t have to be fantastic photos, the aim is to raise your awareness of texture and get you thinking about how you can use it in your photos.

2. Portrait photography

Find a friend or a model to be your subject and find backgrounds with interesting textures. This could be anything from a wall, a doorway, or a large rock. The idea is to play with the contrast between the relative lack of texture (on skin) and the texture of the background.

Once the exercise is complete, the next step is to experiment with emphasizing texture in post-processing. Whether you use Lightroom, Photoshop or a plug-in like Intensify or Silver Efex Pro2, think about how can you use these tools to emphasize texture, or the contrast in texture between skin and a textured background.

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