Documentary Preset by

Documentary is a free Lightroom preset that is best in taking an artistic representation of real-life moment. Colors are muted to excellently capture emotions in photos. This preset can be used for documentaries, journalism, film, reporting and even street or people photography.

Documentary Preset - desert sky

In this desert sky image, the treatment of colors is switched to black and white mode. The after photo looks grainy to add a certain amount of age.

Documentary Preset - Indonesian veteran

This Indonesian veteran photo has increased highlights, shadows, whites and clarity that emphasized the subject more.

Documentary Preset - general strike

The Documentary preset dramatically converted this general strike picture into black and white. It increases sharpening and some contrast in this photo too to make it look emotional than the usual.

Documentary Preset - missionary

Finally, the Documentary preset created a custom tone curve in shadows in this missionary image. It also added some warm tones in shadows.

You can absolutely use Documentary 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
  • 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 March 10, 2019


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