Sunny Days free Lightroom preset directs a spotlight to the photo's subject. Its warm radial filter does this by simulating a direct yet soft sunlit look. This makes it ideal for outdoor shots, especially portraits and travel photography.
This summer vacation preset also applies multiple color enhancements to complement the bold look. To create that warm yet breezy feel, it draws out vivid hues and accentuates cool tones. It will look amazing as an Instagram filter, too, because of its uniquely vibrant aesthetic.
Illuminates the Subject
Warm Spotlight. Notice how the Sunny Days preset transforms the image above. The result is more attractive with its richer hues and focused lighting. The tones are crisp as well.
To create its signature look, the preset adds a bright and warm radial filter. This adjustment produces that ray of sunshine towards the subject. It is bright but not overblown; its softness guarantees that you do not lose any detail.
In the After photo above, notice how this effect also gives the image greater depth. It looks less flat and the elements appear more realistic.
Produces Vibrant Hues
Vibrant. To create the base of this cool-yet-warm aesthetic, Sunny Days preset first decreases exposure. This lowers the amount of available light but paves the way for several more enhancements.
Cool Tones in the Shadows
Cool Urban. As an accent, and to balance out the amplified warmth, Sunny Days also saturates blue tones in the shadows. You can easily notice this in the background of the example above. It is darker, vivid, and bluer in the After photo.
See, too, how there is a cool urban feel to it. It, after all, draws out cool hues. It is only the spotlight, the radial filter, that bathes the image with sunlight. They go hand in hand in producing a complex and compelling style.
Let us therefore examine the overall effect. Without the preset, the photo looks quite plain; the plant unnecessarily attracts attention, too, when we want the focus to be the subject. Now look at the After photo. The photo is transformed. Simply applying Sunny Days resolves this problem and leaves a strong, lasting, impression.
Applies Enhancements in Texture
Crisp Details. The preset completes its overall look by sharpening the details of the image. Look at the After photo: you can now appreciate more of the textures and the man's features.
Finally, Sunny Days applies its finishing touches. It adds vignetting that blends beautifully with the radial filter and reduces noise for a nice modern polish.
Sunny Days is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Sunny Days 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 January 26, 2020