A bright photo of a sea turtle underwater

Underwater Fauna is a free Lightroom preset specially designed for marine photography. It illuminates underwater scenes and accentuates cool tones like aqua and blue. Its thorough settings bring out the true colors of fishes, corals, and other marine life.

With this preset, you can more accurately depict the beautiful reefs and creatures you encounter when diving or snorkeling. It, after all, takes into consideration the lighting conditions underwater and enhances it. Try it on your existing underwater photos and see them come to life. This preset looks stunning, too, as an aqua filter for your Instagram feed.

Brings Out the Ocean Hues

A spotted jellyfish underwater

Ocean Hues. Underwater Fauna first sets the color motif of this preset. It has to underscore the fact that the photo was shot underwater, and also draw out as much color and detail. To do this, it lowers the color temperature of the photo; the bluish hue accentuates the underwater environment. To complement this effect, the preset also adds a soft layer of green tint.

Underwater Fauna makes its entire look coherent by also adding some subtle colors to the highlights and shadows. It adds some brown tones to highlights and aqua tones to shadows. You can examine the result in the photo above of a jellyfish. You can see the tint and temperature on the background, and the split toning on the jellyfish itself.

Brightens and Retains Depth

A white and brilliant jellyfish underwater

Illuminated. In the photo above, notice how the entire jellyfish looks illuminated. This isn't because of a mere increase in exposure; to retain depth and to more accurately adjust the brightness of tones, Underwater Fauna instead tweaks the whites, highlights, and shadows. It brightens all these tones and more finely tempers the highlight in the tone curve.

Because of these settings, the preset is optimized for various underwater scenes. If, however, you want to customize the look further, you may adjust the highlights accordingly.

Draws Out the Colors of Marine Life

A school of clown fishes in sea anemone

Colorful Dive. We all know how difficult it is to capture the actual colors of marine life when shooting underwater. The deficiency of light, among other factors, dulls hues most of the time.

This Underwater Fauna preset resolves this problem by amplifying colors by boosting contrast, clarity, and vibrance and varying degrees. It also applies a medium contrast tone curve to more precisely set the intensity.

Applies Thorough Adjustments in Saturation and Luminance

A woman viewing a vast aquarium in an ocean park

Refined Colors. To reinforce the underwater look and complement the applied tint and temperature, the preset increases the saturation of yellow, green, aqua, and blue colors. As a result, the colors pop more, almost cinematic, as you would see in nature documentaries.

A vibrant blue photo of a diver behind a Manta Ray

Bright and Clear. It also makes water look even more illuminated by heightening the luminance of blue and aqua hues. You can easily notice the result in the example above. Note how brighter the seawater looks in the After photo, and how it has some light shades of aqua.

 

Underwater Fauna is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

LikeĀ all our presets, you can absolutely use Underwater Fauna 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 28, 2020




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