A retro portrait of a woman lounging on a couch with a checkered wall behind her

Drama Queen is a free Lightroom preset that gives photos an elegant and warm glow. This is perfect for outdoor portraits because it specializes on shots taken under natural light. With its balanced adjustments in brightening, this filter also enhances the subject's facial features and skin tone. On top of all these is, of course, how its visual aesthetic transforms the mood of an image: this preset adds cinematic drama and understated glamour.

Draws Attention to the Subject's Face

Portrait of a woman with a yellow flower behind her ear

Captivating Subject. The first noticeable effect that the Drama Queen preset applies to any image is its unique warmth. It is a sunset yellow with a tinge of matte brown hues. Together with the boost in vibrance, the After photo now exudes a subtle glow. These effects come together to emphasize the expression of the subject, which makes this preset perfect for portraiture. See how the eyes appear more expressive and how it removes unwanted shadows on the woman's face.

Adds a Cinematic Mood to Your Photographs

Outdoor portrait of a woman wearing a pastel dress

Dramatic and Cinematic. You can use the unique tint of this preset to enhance the mood of any image. You can notice from the example above that Drama Queen does accentuate the dramatic atmosphere of a shot. This preset is versatile enough to be used in various scenarios and adapt to the photographer's intentions. This is similar to the color filters that cinematographers use to establish a visual anchor across movie scenes. You may therefore use it to enhance the atmosphere of a locale or simply give your subject a glamorous look. Although this preset is ideal for outdoor shots, you may also apply it to indoor scenes that call for a classic and elegant warmth.

Brightens and Reveals Details in Portraits

Closeup portrait of a woman with a yellow flower behind her ear

Brighter and Detailed. It balances exposure, highlights, and vibrance to produce an elegant and captivating look. The effect is subtle yet effective. Using it reveals much more of the woman's face and boosts her facial expression. This is important when photographing portraits. After all, its effectiveness will depend on whether the photographer has captured the subject's character or not. Let us focus on the facial features now: in the After photo, there is greater contrast between the highlights and the shadows. Highlights are decreased to give a softer look, while shadows are boosted to add depth. As a result, the contours of the woman's face are more defined in the After photo. 

Enhances Your Natural Look

A beach portrait of a woman in a white swimsuit

Natural Beauty. The example above shows how Drama Queen's matte brown hue enhances skin tones. It works like a soft, smooth, tan and does incredibly well with natural light. This preset is therefore ideal for any portrait, whether professional or casual: from photo shoots to phone snaps of yourself. This preset has frequently been used on photos for Instagram, from beach selfies to various travel photos.

Drama Queen is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Drama Queen 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 July 26, 2019




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