Moody Lightroom Editing Tutorial – FREE PRESET – Dark Forest Greens Lightroom Tutorial

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Learn how to edit dark forest greens and get that moody look to your photos inside this Moody Lightroom editing tutorial.

Making moody photos is like painting with emotions. From capturing the perfect moment to adding the final touches in Lightroom, each step contributes to the enchanting story your photo will tell. In this video tutorial for Lightroom Classic, you’ll learn how to edit moody photos in Lightroom using simple techniques.

1 – Setting the Mood from the Start:

To edit moody photos in Lightroom, start by taking the picture in the right way. Look for good lighting like on cloudy days or during sunset. Use a lens with a wider aperture to help you focus on your subject and blur the background. Keep the camera ISO settings low to avoid grainy pictures and bad colors. Choose a darker background to add to the mood of the photo. Think of it like preparing the canvas for a masterpiece, where every part is important to create the right feeling.

Just as an author carefully chooses the right words, set your camera settings & create a composition that FEELS moody before you even start editing.

2 – Moody images come from more subdued, desaturated colors.

Color is made up of hue, saturation and luminance. If you want to learn how to edit moody photos in Lightroom, it starts with getting the right blend of these is the key to getting your photos to feel the way you want.

By reducing the brightness of colors, you can create a more subtle and emotional look. Imagine painting with only a few colors, each one making the picture feel stronger and deeper.

3 – Focus on removing distractions more than adding effects

In moody photos, it’s better to remove distracting things than to add too much to the picture. If your photos are more moody, desaturating the blues and aquas will help focus the color palette and add extra mood

A great photo is one where everything serves a purpose and adds to the mood. Try taking out some of the blue and green colors to keep the focus on your subject. By doing this, you help people feel the emotions in the photo. Think of it like cleaning up a messy room; when you remove unnecessary things, the important stuff stands out and makes the room feel cozy.

4 – Don’t lean too heavily into Clarity & sharpness.

Using sharpness selectively allows you to point the viewer to what is most important. Apply it selectively, not to your whole image. By lowering the clarity & detail to the other parts of your photo, you give the photo a more dreamlike, moody feel.

Avoid making your whole picture too sharp and clear. Instead, use these adjustments carefully to give your photo a dreamy look. By softening some parts of the image, you create a magical atmosphere. It’s like adding a soft filter to a light, making everything look gentle and dreamy. The result is a picture that makes people imagine and feel things.

5 – Adding film grain and raising the level of your blacks + lowering the level of your whites gives the photo a more vintage feel

To finish your moody photo, try adding some film-like grain and adjusting the brightness of certain areas. Adding grain makes your modern photo look like an old-fashioned one, which adds charm. Changing the brightness of some parts creates shadows and highlights, making the mood even stronger. It’s like adding sepia tones to an old picture, bringing back memories of the past.

6 – Experiment & Find Your Unique Style

By following the simple techniques in this moody lightroom editing tutorial, you’ll discover the power of artistry and storytelling through photography. So, let your imagination run wild, and have fun making photos that resonate with the souls of your audience. Happy editing, and enjoy the free moody lightroom preset!

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  1. natalie james

    hi thanks for such an informative video. Please can you reload the freebie the link isnt working. thanks Natalie

    1. Hey Natalie! Glad it was helpful! I’m sorry about the preset link not working for you. So strange, it’s working on my end
      Try this: https://shop.signatureedits.com/clean-classic-v2?coupon=34U8BRE23HIU

  2. Kristine

    Link to free preset not working

    1. Hey Kristine! So strange, it’s working on my end – I’m sorry about that.
      Try this: https://shop.signatureedits.com/clean-classic-v2?coupon=34U8BRE23HIU

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