You’re probably a bit dubious about a post entitled ‘Free Lightroom Presets for Wedding Photography’. After all, who in their right mind would give out free wedding Lightroom presets, when so many photographers are making money by selling them?!
If you’re a professional wedding photographer like me, you’ve probably been tempted in the past to invest in any number of wedding photography presets for Lightroom. God knows there’s a lot of them!
I won’t name any names here, but let’s face it – lots of famous wedding photographers are profiting from their fellow photographers in the industry by selling Lightroom presets, that may, or may not help them achieve their ‘look’.
I’m not against people trying to make a living, but what I do doubt is whether a preset can actually satisfy other photographers who want a one-click solution to their editing problems.
So the question still remains…
Why the hell would I give away a set of free Lightroom presets for wedding photographers?!
Allow me to explain…
Free Lightroom Presets for Wedding Photography | Why so free?!
I could quite easily have charged money for these Lightroom presets. I could have priced them below all the other wedding presets out there at the moment, and made quite a tidy profit.
However, this didn’t sit well with me.
You see, let’s call a preset for what it is – a one-size-fits-all adjustment to a photo. One click, and it’s applied. There’s nothing dynamic at all.
It takes seconds to create (just adjust your sliders in Lightroom and then save it as a preset), and can be duplicated infinitely at zero cost to the producer.
Then it’s just a case of whacking a price on it, adding it to a web page with some beautiful wedding photography, and kerching! – money in the bank!
This is all well and good, but presets by their very nature assume that the end user will be shooting in the exact same way, and in the exact same conditions as the photographer who created them.
Unless all these shooting variables are consistent, the end photo will never look like it’s ‘supposed’ to – not even remotely.
This isn’t the preset maker’s fault, and it’s not the preset purchaser’s fault. It’s just a sad truth, and wedding photographers with more disposable income than sense (I’m one of them – just check out my bag collection!!) don’t care about these details – we just want a quick way to edit our photos and make them look awesome 🙂
So, that longwinded ramble is my way of saying…
I don’t like charging people for something that may not help them achieve their goals.
SIDE NOTE: I am happy to charge people for something like my book More Brides (get it here), since I 100% believe (and guarantee) that it can help you triple your wedding bookings and make more money as a wedding photographer!
… but Lightroom presets for wedding photography??… hmm… #YMMV.
30 Free Lightroom Presets for Wedding Photographers
Ok, there is something I want from you in return for these free wedding presets. It won’t cost you a thing, but there are 2 steps to getting your mitts on the presets!
Step 1: Click the button below to share this post to Facebook.
Step 2: Enter your email address so I can send you a link to the presets.
That’s it – no more surprises, I promise!
Do both those things and you’ll receive a link to download a bunch of free wedding photography presets that may or may not help your photos look like the examples below!
Examples of the Free Wedding Presets for Lightroom
Remember, if you want to get the most of these wedding presets, think of them as a start to your editing – not the end.
Hover over each presets in the develop pane of Lightroom (buy Lightroom here) until you find the one you like the look of, then apply it, and start your editing from there.
Then adjust the white balance, the contrast, the exposure… just anything you want to make the photo look yours.
Don’t get lazy with these wedding presets just because they’re free – you still need to work at them to make your final image ready to deliver to your clients.
Have a play around with the before/after images below – the left hand side are all straight out of camera RAW to JPEG conversions. On the right hand side you can see the result of applying each of the free More Brides Lightroom presets.
Lightroom Wedding Preset #21 | Cold WB
Lightroom Wedding Preset #01 | Soft Contrast
Lightroom Wedding Preset #25 | B&W Soft
Lightroom Wedding Preset #30 | Soft Colors
Lightroom Wedding Preset #13 | Toning Vignette
These wedding photography presets for Lightroom were created by www.fixthephoto.com and have been licensed for use by More Brides.