A vibrant and detailed photo of an empty urban street

Quiet Street is a free Lightroom preset that adds a mysterious and dramatic air to urban and street photography. It creates rich vibrant colors, bold tones, and crisp textures, to capture the eerie yet dynamic atmosphere of an empty city.

This outdoor preset does well with natural light. It is versatile enough to be used on images of dimly lit urban areas. It, after all, optimizes the brightness of every photograph. You can also use this preset as an Instagram filter to give your feed a professional and cohesive style.

Creates a Cinematic Aesthetic

A vibrant and warm urban photo of a street with cobblestones

Cinematic Warmth. To create its signature dramatic look, the preset first sets its own warm urban style. It increases color temperature and adds brown tones to highlights. Quiet Street refines these even further by applying complex adjustments in camera calibration.

Then, to give some cinematic feel, it also adds fine film grain and vignetting. Notice how the After photo above now looks like a movie set, even as the preset tries to capture the eerie feel of an empty urban space. The warm color temperature and brown tones blend beautifully to create stunning golden hour hues. See how these underscore the colors of the buildings that line the street.

Amplifies Light and Color

A vibrant and warm urban photo of a street lined with tall buildings

Bright and Vibrant. The preset brings out the inherent liveliness of a street, place, or structure, by adding light and boosting colors. For this, it increases exposure and contrast. It does so moderately, just enough to fill the scene with life and to remove any hint of dullness. As you will see in the examples below, Quiet Street further refines these adjustments by applying more tweaks in color intensity and tone.

You can already examine the results in the After photo above. What was once a gloomy street now give off a bright look and feel. It gives a complex impression of liveliness and mystery. From a regular snapshot, the resulting image now looks compelling; it is like a journalistic photo of a street emptied because of a pandemic quarantine period.

Brightens Tones Without Losing Detail

A bright and warmly lit street lined with buildings in light pastel

Brightening. The preset's added and optimized light also gives off a hopeful feel. This redefines the modern urban aesthetic; after all street photography does not need to look dark to be stunning.

To create this effect, Quiet Street brightens both light and dark regions. It only lowers the intensity of highlights to preserve some surface details. All of these tones are further refined in the tone curve.

To complement the added brilliance, the preset also boosts sharpening. As a result, textures would look crisp and clear. Try to observe the pavement, the walls, and the overall façade. Notice how all of these settings contribute to the Quiet Street's dramatic or "moody" style.

Refines Color Intensity

A vibrant urban photo of an urban street

Vivid Hues. The preset further refines its color adjustments by increasing clarity and vibrance. To keep a more natural look, it lowers saturation as well. These color tweaks blend together to produce a vibrant yet natural style.

Quiet Street applies more complex adjustments in hue using the tone curve. It creates a strong contrast using it, thereby broadening the range. In the example above, look at the effect on the buildings and pavement. The colors in the After photo now look deep and more complex, which is a suitable aesthetic for an urban scene.


Quiet Street is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Quiet Street preset 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 April 14, 2020


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