After you got comfortable with your camera, you may find yourself spending more time on post-processing than on actual shooting. If you haven’t quite caught the right exposure due to your camera monitor being a bit too light or too dark, correcting these photos in Lightroom one by one is pain. This is where Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions come in to play.
I highly recommend saving a few of your most commonly used setting sets as Lightroom presets. It will be a huge time saver. Photoshop actions are a bit more sophisticated but they also allow applying more complex edits in a batch. For example you can add your watermark to all images in a specific folder with a click of a button.
Lightroom presets are widely used to make vintage-style photos, add vignette or some interesting light effects. Any set of settings can be saved as a preset and applied to an individual photo, or to a whole folder in batch. The latter saves you half a day on editing, which is amazing!
I’ve compiled a set of Lightroom presets and another set of Photoshop actions that I will be giving to all my readers absolutely for free. So you can play around with them to better understand the power that they give to you as a photographer. Stay tuned, I’ll publish those shortly!