Beach Day is a free Lightroom preset that enhances the colors of typical beach scenes. It accurately captures the warm, cheerful, vibe: the soft orange sand, aqua-toned waters, powder blue skies, and vivid green leaves. The preset is therefore ideal for your summer pictures and other travel photos that feature similar hues.
We tested this preset on several lighting conditions, and we recommend that you use it on outdoor photos, with diffused natural lighting. This highly versatile sunny filter will give you rich and vibrant colors each time. Try it on your usual vacation photos, some landscapes, and captures of exciting tropical adventures. Beach Day's vivid tones will look especially captivating on an Instagram feed.
Increases Contrast for Vivid Colors
Vivid Summer. One of the most defining features of this preset, which we absolutely love, is the broad spectrum of rich colors. Beach Day amplifies the contrast of photos to draw out as much of the colors as possible. This will give you deep vivid hues, which are also further enhanced by the succeeding adjustments below.
In addition to boosting the contrast slider, the preset creates a high-contrast tone curve too. As a result, you get full colors as you can see in the above After photo. The sea and sky visibly have higher contrast tones.
Produces Vibrant Mid-Tones
Vivid Mid-Tones. For the mid-tones to appear more vivid, Beach Day moderately increases clarity and vibrance. You can observe how these fundamental tweaks improve the After image above: you can see the warmer orange hues of the beach and deeper aqua tones of the sea.
This preset does not drastically transform photos. It, instead, conservatively enhances, never distorts, the colors of the scenery. Hence, your pictures will always retain their color integrity. This is useful if want to add some character but retain the natural look.
Optimizes the Color of Sea and Sand
Beach Tones. This preset applies bolder enhancements to the colors of both sand and sea. It has been, after all, optimized to draw out the common hues of beaches and coasts. Beach Day saturates some red, orange, yellow, and aqua hues to create the desired vibrant summer scene.
See how the blue and warm hues pop more in our example above. The orange chairs serve as lively vibrant accents. They look spectacular against the more muted sand and the stark blue ocean, too.
Warms and Moderates Light Tones for a Summer Feel
Sunshine. Pictures of beaches are often rich in texture. We know how difficult it can be to capture these, though. The brightness of the scene, plus the occasional overexposure, can sometimes wash out the details in light tones.
To resolve this, Beach Day preset mutes highlights to give way to their textures. You can see the difference in the above photo by observing the beach and the fine ocean waves.
Then, for a realistic sunny motif, the preset warms highlights as well. This goes hand in hand with its brightening of white and dark tones. The beach and sky now look soft yet vivid because of these.
Beach Day is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop, and...
You can absolutely use Beach Day as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting, and subject matter. If you want more beach and summer presets, be sure to check out our preset collection.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
- Performs with both PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free
This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on July 12, 2020