Deep Dive is a premium Lightroom preset that transforms bodies of water into deep and rich blues. Its dark tones and fine textures create a stunning underwater scene. It is ideal for pictures of oceans, beaches, coasts, and marine life.
The preset works best on images with sufficient natural light. Having enough sunlight in your photos would help bring out the complexity of the preset’s cool blue hues. Try it on travel photos and some landscapes that show a lot of water.
Deep Dive preset makes a beautiful Instagram filter, too. It would undoubtedly give your feed a stunning and consistent look and feel. Imagine having this artistic effect on all your vacation photos.
Creates Complex Blue Hues
Deep and Delicate. The preset’s blue tones appear deep, dark, yet delicate. This unique quality is a result of the preset’s series of color adjustments. Deep Dive sets up this look by moderately warming color temperature and accentuating its magenta tint. It then lowers the exposure of the image to give way to its tones.
To reinforce its underwater look, the preset also applies a cool gray tone in the highlights. This helps diffuse the bright whites in the original photo. Deep Dive also amplifies sharpening to accentuate texture and detail, especially in rocks and marine life.
Try to examine the After photo above. You can easily compare the color of the water: the Before photo has warm aqua hues, while the After photo has dark yet soft blue tones. This difference alone is enough to redefine the entire mood and atmosphere of the image.
Moderately Darkens Tones
Deep Dive. This is unique from all our free underwater presets. This professional Lightroom preset darkens the image to draw out more details. Notice how the result is so gorgeously dramatic now, very moody. It subdues the light regions, specifically the brilliance of whites and highlights. After all, given the usual lighting condition underwater, you can often get harsh highlights or uneven tones.
Deep Dive primarily sets the look in the tone curve by lowering the dark regions. It then makes sure that shadows do not appear harsh by decreasing their intensity using the Shadows slider. As a result, the underwater rocks in the After photo look darker and more defined. This effect also helps regulate the tones on the diver. All in all, notice how Deep Dive radically transforms the image. It result looks more professionally done.
Regulates the Intensity of Colors
Softened Hues. The preset reinforces its dark look by lowering the intensity of colors. It does so by balancing its vibrance and saturation levels. It desaturates colors but also increases their vibrance. As a result, the midtones look more accentuated, rather than the entire color spectrum.
Deep Dive also reduces clarity, but only to keep photos looking smooth; otherwise, midtones would stick out too much. This is important when applying the preset on images that contain a lot of elements. In the example above, try to compare the tender hues, the swimmer, and the fishes. Notice the blue sky in the After photo, now with more dramatic clouds.
You can easily see from the examples why this preset for Lightroom is great for professional photographers. The result has a clean and polished aesthetic. Its unique color scheme also expertly makes photographic elements look cohesive. You can even choose to apply them to several underwater photos to create a distinct photo collection.
Deepens Colors and Accentuates Blue Hues
Crystalline Blue. As a preset that specializes in water tones, Deep Dive does define the shades of blue that would define its motif. It narrows the spectrum by selecting shades between the colors aqua and blue. This is the most apparent aspect of the preset, as you can see in the After photo above. This setting does cement its look and feel.
Deep Dive preset generally deepens the rest of the colors by tweaking their respective hues. All colors are pulled towards a darker shade. The preset further desaturates them at varying levels, focusing on green, yellow, and blue. Finally, to add some luster, Deep Dive amplifies the luminance of blue tones. Because of this, your images would get clear and crystalline waters each time.
Deep Dive is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop, and…
Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Deep Dive 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.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Designed for Adobe Lightroom for PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Includes Lrtemplate and XMP preset formats for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic desktop apps
- Includes DNG preset format for the free Lightroom mobile app
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
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