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How To Edit Wedding Photos In Lightroom WITHOUT PRESETS | Lightroom Editing Tutorial

How To Edit Wedding Photos In Lightroom Without Presets

Learn How To Edit Wedding Photos In Lightroom – No Presets.

Today you’re going to learn how to edit raw wedding photos in Lightroom, without using presets.  When I started editing photos using Lightroom… I had no idea. I was a completely Lightroom beginner, and so I stumbled around trying to find out how to edit my wedding photos in Lightroom. I had no idea how to edit dark and moody images or how to make colors pop. When it came to editing wedding photography was my biggest challenge. There were a LOT of wedding photographers out there, but not a lot of information being shared on how photographers edit their wedding photos in lightroom to get their specific look.

Not a lot of information being shared on how photographers edit their wedding photos in lightroom to get their specific look.

This was partially because when it comes to editing wedding photos in Lightroom, one of main things that separates a wedding photographer from the other wedding photographers in the area is their edit process. So it makes a sense they’d play their cards close to the chest. A lot of them didn’t edit their wedding photos from scratch either. In fact MOST of the wedding photographers I know use Lightroom Presets as a part of their work flow.

Why Do Most Wedding Photographers Use Lightroom Presets?

Presets can be a great tool for editing wedding photos – in our studio we couldn’t even function without using the SE Genesis Preset Workflow Pack – They save so much time. When you’re editing wedding photos in Lightroom and you’ve got 2000 photos per wedding, you can’t edit every single photo from scratch without using presets.

But like any tool, presets are only good if the photographer has a strong working knowledge of how to use them – And how to get their images to look the way they want using Lightroom WITHOUT presets.

So without further ado, lets dive in to learn how to edit wedding photo raw files without presets inside of Lightroom!

How To Edit Wedding Photos In Lightroom Without Presets | Video Tutorial |

Download the FREE RAW file practice image and edit along!

Download the final image preset here!

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hey guys Ryan here at signature edits
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and today I’m going to be showing you
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how to edit this image without presets
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let’s do it now if you’re a hands-on
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learner don’t worry I got you you can
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head to the link in the description
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below and download this raw image for
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free to practice along okay let’s do it
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alright let’s get into it first things
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first I’m going to adjust my basic
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settings here I’m going to warm up my
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image very slightly because it was taken
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on a cloudy cold day I’m going to take
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my exposure down just a little bit
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because it’s looking kind of bright and
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my contrast up now another way to do
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that is just go to down to this tone
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curve here and we’re going to take three
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points our highlights mid-tones and
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shadows and I’m going to take my
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mid-tones up and thereby increase the
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mid-tone contrast I could take this a
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step further and add a little bit of
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green to my shadows because I feel like
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green is one of those cool colors that
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you see popping up in film stocks ever
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so slightly so we’re going to take our
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greens up just a little bit in the
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shadows now if I wanted to I could also
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take my greens out of the mid-tones and
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thereby making the skin tones more red
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but I’m going to leave that alone for
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now
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let’s keep going so I’m going to take my
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highlights down just a little to get
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some detail out of that dress not blow
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anything out and by pressing alt I can
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drag on my shadows and see if anything
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is clipping sure enough I’ve got a
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couple things I’m going to take my
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shadows up to get rid of the clipping in
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her hair and then I’m going to take my
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blacks down just a little bit and I know
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this is looking very saturated very
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weird we’re going to get to that don’t
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worry going to take my saturation down
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here to make things a little bit more
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usual normal that is take my vibrance up
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and take my exposure down even more
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perfect so so far we’ve gone from here
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to here we’re looking a little bit
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magenta in our sky so I’m going to take
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some magenta out of there I find
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Lightroom in general makes things a
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little bit too magenta so adding a
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little bit of green is never such a bad
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thing so we’re going to take it down to
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about their -6 or so and we’re going to
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go into our HSL panel this is where all
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the styling magic happens I want to make
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the greens a little bit warmer in this
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for
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because I feel like the clouds it’s kind
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of that cozy vibe I want to give the
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image we’re then going to take our
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little eyedropper click it on the greens
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and drag it down until it warms them up
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ever so slightly and as a default
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I always desaturate my yellows my
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oranges just a little bit and my greens
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so again this is without the HSL and
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this is with it at it perfect I’m going
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to leave my skin tones alone because
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they actually look pretty fine to me I
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might brighten them ever so slightly
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just to make them pop a little bit not
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like that but you know just six or so
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darken things down even a little bit and
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these dresses are looking a little bit
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limey I would rather have them be blue
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so one quick trick you can just drag
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your eyedropper drag it down or drag it
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up oh I’m on my Lu minutes that’s why
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that’s not working go to my hue do the
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same thing I drop her down her up there
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we go now they’re more like they were in
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the original photo so here’s before and
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here’s after great let’s go down into
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our split toning again I’m going for a
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warm kind of look so I’m going to hit
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alt and slide on the hue that’s going to
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give me a preview of what’s happening I
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actually do kind of like the blue being
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added to that image and what happens if
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we add some red mmm you know the blue
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seems to be the most vibey so let’s go
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up to there and drag our saturation up
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just so there’s a little bit in there
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and the same thing with the shadows if
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we had the blue in the highlights we
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might need to add some warmth in the
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shadows so let’s maybe something around
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here’s some oranges obviously nowhere
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near that intense but somewhere around
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there that’s a little much let’s dial it
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back here’s before and here’s after I’m
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going to take it back even a little bit
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more great detail I normally leave this
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at a kind of stock setting of around 40
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that doesn’t matter to me unless it
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looks like it needs work and lens
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correction I’m just going to put that on
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and take my vignette down because I
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actually like a little bit of vignette
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in my photo I want them to be focusing
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on the couple not in the corners of the
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image so that’s fine
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moving down I don’t need to adjust any
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of the transform functions because
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everything looks pretty good my effects
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I could add a little bit of grain sure
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I’ll make it a little bit more filmy
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vibe I like grain some people don’t
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that’s a personal preference thing if I
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take my grain up even more and my size
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down so it’s a little bit more subtle
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here’s before and here’s after you can
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see how it adds just a little bit of
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texture now that’s pretty extreme let’s
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take our size down and our mount down
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that’s where the before and after it can
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be helpful sometimes your eye gets used
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to something it thinks it’s normal and
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then later on you look and you’re like
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wow that was the worst edit I ever did
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and lastly my calibration
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I don’t normally tweak this too much
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when I’m using presets but when I’m
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editing without a preset it could be a
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great way just to finesse your colors
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there final stage so you can see that
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the shadows by default everything is
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looking a little bit magenta so I’m
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going to dial that back a little bit get
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a little bit more natural greens take my
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reds and maybe add some warmth up there
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or try this way now definitely towards
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the oranges greens I’m kind of thinking
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I’m gonna go this way but let’s see
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that’s more of a cool air revive if
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that’s your thing or you can go a little
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bit more dark earthy organic and the
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blues this is the most extreme of them
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all I always find that it does be most
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normally I lean towards dragging it
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towards this kind of aqua color in my
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saturation down perfect so now I can see
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that my skin tones are looking actually
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a little bit dark so I’m going to take
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my luminance and just grab the oranges
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bring them up just a little bit do the
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same with the Reds and with the yellows
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because they’re close to skin color and
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so therefore they’re probably going to
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affect the skin on some level so I want
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to just be cognizant of that
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so dragging that up I now have an image
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that’s looking pretty good maybe a
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little bit more than the oranges in the
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red still so it’s not a weird change and
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here is our before here’s our after
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lastly if you want to add a little bit
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more pop to your image you can add a
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little bit of de haze or a little bit
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more saturation in there now when you do
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add the saturation you’re going to see
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that your skin is looking pretty
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saturated so we head down to your HSM
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and we’ll just grab some saturation out
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of our oranges here until things are
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looking natural again somewhere around
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there you don’t want your people to look
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like a Oompa Loompas that’s maybe a
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little bit too far though let’s drag it
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back just a bit all right so our very
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last step is going to be saving this as
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a preset for future photos like this I’m
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going to go up to create preset and I’m
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going to save it as let’s try dark moody
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cloudy wedding if you want to download
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this preset I’m going to make it
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available for you you can just find the
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link in the description below and
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normally when you save your presets
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there’s certain things that you don’t
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want to save your graduated filters for
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instance things that apply only to that
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particular image like my white balance
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my exposure transform perfect I’m going
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to leave it just like that and you can
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download that in the link below I hope
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this tutorial was helpful for you if it
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was please hit that like button don’t
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forget to subscribe and come back for
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more great content and if you have an
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image that you would like me to edit
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please send it my way leave a comment
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below and I’ll get you the details
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alright until next time take care
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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to edit wedding photos WITHOUT using presets. We’ll break down the different parts of editing raw wedding photos, tweaking colors in Lightroom, and how to make your photos look professional by editing them using Lightroom.

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