Loving Our Phone Pictures
We want to capture all of the moments and capture them well. Carrying around a big camera all the time to remember every detail is ideal, but sometimes it’s just not realistic. With the birth of our third baby in May, I wanted great pictures but I also wanted to be in the moment as much as possible. I handed over my camera for the birth and sibling pictures but otherwise all we had was phone pictures of the newest little love.
While phone cameras have made major strides over the last several years, it’s still hard to get a great photo in low lighting or missing that sharper look. Insert Lightroom mobile app! I found a great way to edit my photos so that they looked like photos I wanted to print, not just have on my phone. These presets are birthed out of that need to touch up my photos of our daughter and family. You can check out the presets here!
Lightroom Preset Download Guide
To use these presets you will need to download the Lightroom Mobile app (it’s FREE!) and create an Adobe account if you don’t already have one. Once you download the presets from the link, you will want to save them somewhere you can access from your phone. I use Dropbox mobile (also free to sign-up for with limited storage) or you can email them to yourself. The files will be formatted as DNG files and will need to be saved to your phone’s camera roll. They will look blank but not to worry, it will still open in Lightroom! Once they have been saved on the phone launch the LR app, look for the library tab (looks like books) and create an album (+ button). In the album you can add the DNG files from the phone. Once they are all in the album, one by one open each image and push the 3 dots in the top right corner. Here you will have the option to “Create Preset.” Then name the preset and leave the blue check marks in the boxes checked. Click the check mark to accept. The new preset will appear in your user presets across the bottom of your toolbar when you are editing a photo. Repeat for each file and you’re all set!
How to Use Your Presets
The presets are designed to help with low lighting photos and make them look a little more professional. For the darkest photos use the Light + Smooth preset and for more bright colorful photos use the Let’s Vacay preset.
I’m a sucker for Black + White photos so I’ve also included black and white presets. The Lights Down Low B+W preset is ideal for lower lighting to make them brighter. The Suns Out B+W is for those outdoor shots that have plenty of light!