Views is a free Lightroom preset that creates a vintage film look specifically for outdoor photography. It optimizes tones and colors of landscapes and even skin tones. It is ideal as a travel preset because of its versatility when processing photos taken under natural light. Its classic style also adds a layer of sophistication and drama to any scene.
You can try this preset in outdoor portraits, urbanscapes, and landscapes. Its crisp details are also ideal for photographing dramatic skies, fields, mountain ranges, rough terrains, coasts, and beaches.
Tip: Note that this preset adds some brightening; you do not need to worry much about images shot in overcast weather. If you have an already bright image, be sure to adjust the exposure as necessary.
Creates a Bright Film Look
Film Brightening. The preset primarily creates its bright look by increasing the exposure. Although every image has its own demands in lighting, Views preset opts to do this to optimize its tones and color accents.
After filling the image with light, the preset increases contrast to broaden the intensity of all tones. This is coupled with complex settings in the RGB channels. All of these settings combine to create the preset's distinct film look.
Try to examine the After photo above. It is brighter yet softer. It now has a soft radiance, with pastel warm tones that add a nostalgic feel. Notice how these fundamental adjustments already reveal a lot of details that are otherwise concealed in underexposed images.
Moderately Softens Tones
Matte Film. Views preset creates its matte look by narrowing the tonal range. It does so moderately, not to the point of flattening tones across the board. It lowers the brightness of whites and highlights, while it lightens shadows. The preset only darkens blacks further to preserve some depth and definition.
In the After photo above, notice how the tones look moderate even with the previous adjustments in brightening. The highlights are not overblown and the shadows are not harsh. Most of the image looks soft and polished but not washed out. Because of the reinforced black tones, you can still distinguish crevices, elevations, and coarse textures. See how the subject is also well illuminated and vividly defined.
Lightens All Colors
Light Hues. The preset completes its analog film aesthetic by softening all colors. It does so by lowering both their saturation and luminance levels. Views does so individually, at varying degrees, under Lightroom's HSL panel.
The preset only brightens purple and magenta midtones to preserve skin tones and underscore the cinematic atmosphere. You can notice the combined results in the After photo above. Look at the dramatic clouds, the light cityscape, and the warm hues that coat the image.
Views preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Views 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 17, 2020