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.
Collection: Urban Presets
Best for: Street Photography, Urban Scenes
Style: Warm, Vivid, Modern
We designed this outdoor preset to perform well on images taken under natural light. It is versatile enough to be used on photos of dimly lit urban areas. After all, this preset optimizes the brightness of every photograph. You can also use Quiet Street urban preset as an Instagram filter to give your feed a professional and cohesive style.
Creates Dramatic City Scenes
Cinematic Warmth. To create its signature dramatic look, we first create its own warm urban style. We increase color temperature and add brown tones to highlights. Then, to refine the effect, we apply complex adjustments in camera calibration.
To give some cinematic feel, Quiet Street also features 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 for Compelling Street Photography
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 an empty street.
Brightens Tones Without Losing Detail
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. We make sure that you get a compelling blend of tones.
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 for a Modern Urban Look
Vivid Hues. We refine the preset’s color adjustments by increasing clarity and vibrance. Then, to keep a more natural look, we lower saturation levels as well. Look at how the 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.
If you want more presets like this, be sure to check out our collection of urban presets.
- 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