Leica Lightroom Presets – MrLeica LR Downloads Now Available!
Why am I now selling my Leica Lightroom presets?
When I have shared digital photos on Flickr in the past and mentioned words to the effect of “quick edit with a Lightroom preset I’ve made” some readers have commented or wrote to me asking if I would share these presets. I think originally I didn’t want to share mt Leica Lightroom presets as I was worried everyone’s photos would look the same. In reality I think so few people will be interested I can’t see it making a difference! As you may know I shoot a lot of film so for these images I don’t use Lightroom. For all digital photos with my Leica cameras however I push the raw DNG files through Lightroom and add a preset across all images before exporting all and sending to the client. For each digital Leica camera I develop a few black and white presets and a couple of colour ones to suit my taste (and probably with a film photography influence). The presets are nothing special nor ground breaking and you might be frustrated at how simple they are. You did ask for them though so as requested! 3 new Leica CL presets.
BUY NOW! (Or read more detail first! – See below)
Leica CL – Leica Lightroom presets (More info)
New digital camera – New Lightroom presets needed!
When I bought the Leica CL camera a few weeks ago the first thing I had to do was make a Lightroom preset. Each camera sensor is different so I don’t use say a Leica M8 preset on the Leica M240 (and v.versa). My Leica M240 presets didn’t suit the Leica CL sensor for my eyes so I developed new ones. My first few photo shoots all suited high contrast B&W tones (to my eyes, on those days) so my first Leica CL preset I made was “High Contrast”. I loved the crisp black and whites from the Leica CL sensor!
Poland trip – More Leica Lightroom preset requests! Time to make available!
After returned from my Poland model photography trip I wanted to give the photos a more vintage vibe. Many of the photos seemed to have a timeless quality to them so the super modern Leica CL”High Contrast” preset I had made didn’t suit most of the pictures (for me). With my film photography eye I tried to develop a vintage look B&W preset to suit the mood of the images. As a reminder of its origin I called this Leica CL black and white preset “Poland 2018”.
First Leica CL Wedding – Need a Lightroom wedding preset
Much of my model photography is black and white images so I tend to use B&W presets the most. That said for my Leica wedding photography most clients seem to want colour photos. Buying the Leica CL ahead of a wedding when it came to editing I needed to develop a new Leica CL colour profile / preset. I work closely with wedding clients and Adam and Becky loved the bright low contrast wedding look. I made the CL colour preset “Wedding” and used it for all the wedding images. I like the slight vintage / filmic look it has.
3 New MrLeica Leica CL Lightroom presets – Now available
For each of the 3 Leica CL Lightroom presets I have made I have shown below a RAW file (left) and the same photos with the Lightroom preset applied (right). No other adjustments were made to these photos. These presets may not suit this particular image but I wanted to use a single photo with all 3 Leica CL presets applied so you can see the effect side by side. I then included 3 sample photos using each of the 3 Leica Lightroom presets I developed as seen on Flickr (If you use Flickr!).
More Leica preset example photos – Where to find?
In addition to the sample photos included below you will be able to see more of my Leica camera images using the Mr Leica Lightroom presets soon. I will post the full Leica CL wedding blog (with all photos using my Leica CL “Wedding” preset) and also the recent Poland model photography trip blog (with many of the photos using the “Poland 2018” LR preset as soon as I get time. For the “High contrast” preset please see more example photos on my previous Leica CL blog posts. (It was the first Leica CL preset I made so I used it on all the early Leica CL photos).
(1) Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica CL B&W “High Contrast”
A modern look Lightroom preset with crisp high contrast black and white tones
(2) Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica CL B&W “Poland 2018”
A vintage look Lightroom preset with softer tones and a low contrast effect
(3) Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica CL Colour “Wedding”
A less modern looking lower contrast colour Lightroom preset for weddings
(1+2+3) Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica CL BUNDLE SPECIAL OFFER! (All 3 Leica CL presets)
Special bundle offer giving all 3 Leica CL presets for the price of only 2
Leica Lighroom Presets – More Leica Cameras LR Presets:
If people seem to like my MrLeica Leica CL Lightroom presets I have LR presets for my other Leica cameras too. As I get chance I can make these available.
Leica M240 – Lightroom presets (to follow)
I still use a digital Leica M240 and have a few different presets to suit most conditions I photograph in. Black and white and colour. This camera nearly broke me coming from a Leica M9 so it took months trying to develop a Lightroom preset to make the photos nice enough to look at to my taste. I wrote a post about nearly giving up on the M240 at the time. My Leica M240 presets probably try to get the images back to something closer to what was obtained from the Leica M9 sensor (together will a film photography influence). (*I didn’t develop the presets to replicate the exact Leica M9 look, merely something I enjoyed looking at).
Leica M8 – Lightroom presets (to follow)
The Leica M8 captures amazing B&W JPEGs (like the M9) so in the past I often posted straight from camera Leica M8 JPEGs. More recently I have edited Leica M8 DNG raw files so needed to make presets. I still have the M8 but seem to have misplaced the presets. I will try to find as I need them for myself anyway. I can then share them too as I know people have asked me directly to provide M8 presets.
Leica M9 – Lightroom presets (maybe to follow)
The Leica M9 was my first digital Leica camera. I loved the M9 in camera B&W JPEGs especially. I part exchanged it to buy my Leica M240 so I have not used the camera for a few years now. My current version of Lightroom doesn’t seem to show older presets so I’m not sure if I will be able to find my old Leica M9 presets. If I can I will make them available as people have requested them.
Leica D-Lux 109 / Lumix LX100 – Lightroom presets (I can make available if requested)
I used a little Panasonic Lumix LX100 camera as a backup camera to my Leica M240 for about a year for overseas trips. The LX100 is the same inside as the Leica D-Lux 109 camera but a bit cheaper. The LX100 sensor is not quite a Leica M sensor so I made myself a few LX100 Lightroom presets to make the photos more pleasing to my eye. If anyone uses a Leica D-Lux 109 or Lx100 and want these presets please comment / write to me and I will look to make them available.
Lightroom presets – Answers to possible questions
1. What version of Lightroom do I use?
My current version of Lightroom is CC 2015, Version 6.3 (Licence type Creative Cloud). (To find this detail I went into Lightroom and clicked Help-System info). Why am I not using the latest Lightroom CC2017/2018? I tried to upgrade but get an error (will try to fix it but CC 2015 works just fine for me!).
1b. Will my Lightroom preset work with older versions of Lightroom 4/5/6
I upgraded from 5.6 to 6.3 and the presets definitely work fine with LR v5 and v6. I have read online that v6 Lightroom presets should work with LR v4 and possibly earlier LR versions too but I have not tested it.
1c. Will Lightroom 5,6,7 and CC2015 presets work on Lightroom CC (2017/2018)(Like LR Classic 7.3.X)?
Yes a Lightroom preset made in LR versions 5,6,7 or CC 2015 can be used in the more recent Lightroom CC 2017/2018. You will just need to copy the preset into the new Lightroom preset location. See next paragraph to find your Lightroom preset folder. Up until LR 7.2 (I believe) all the earlier preset file types are the same. Adobe apparently then changed how presets save for Lightroom Classic versions 7.3.X (from .LrTemplate files to .xmp files). If you use a version of LR7.3 it might require a bit more LR knowledge to get my preset to work for you.
1d. Will Lightroom presets work on a Windows PC and a Mac the same
Yes Lightroom is the same for PC and Mac. The only difference is the preset folder location is in a different place.
2. How to install your new Lightroom preset download? – For Windows 2018
- Open Lightroom and click: Edit->Preferences->Presets
- Click: Show Lightroom Presets Folder (to open)
- Double Click: Lightroom (to open)
- Double Click: Develop Presets (to open the folder)
- Drag & Drop or Copy & Paste the MrLeica preset into Develop Presets
- Restart Lightroom (Mr Leica Preset(s) should now display in Presets)
3. What photos can the MrLeica Lightroom presets be used for?
All of my MrLeica Lightroom presets can be applied to any RAW or JPEG image. I designed the Lightroom presets with specific cameras in mind but in reality the presets can be applied to any photo from any camera.
4. What if I don’t use a Leica camera but want to try out the MrLeica look presets?
Perhaps you use a Nikon, Canon, Sony or Fuji camera (it can be any camera). Even if you don’t use a Leica camera you can still apply one of my MrLeica presets to your image. By using the same Lightroom preset as me that removes the editing aspect of how my photo might differ from yours. You then know that any differences are from the camera or lens used.
5. Trying to Replicate the MrLeica photo look?
If you use the same camera(s) as me, say a Leica CL and you apply one of my Leica CL presets. If the photo still looks different it must be the effect of the lenses I used (if different to the lens you are using). If you use exactly the same equipment (Camera, Lens, MrLeica Preset) as me then the difference can only be the light / location and camera settings used (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO).
6. How to Buy / Download a MrLeica Lightroom presets?
To buy a MrLeica Lightroom preset you can click one of the red “Purchase” buttons above or go directly to the new MrLeica SHOP. The SHOP contains links to all MrLeica products currently available to download. Once you click “Purchase you will automatically proceed to Checkout where you can click “BUY NOW”. This will direct you to PayPal to complete your payment and an email will instantly be sent to your email address with a link to download the product.
7. Please read before buying
As noted above the MrLeica Lightroom presets are often very simple and it might seem like a lot of money for ‘nothing’. These are the presets that I use and that people have been asking me for so i’ve just set up the blog to make it possible to download.
If you experience any difficulties trying to purchase a product please email me and I will try to resolve it as soon as I can. I taught myself how to set up the blog to be able to sell products so hoping it works smoothly for everyone. (I tested it and it worked no problems for me). Thanks for understanding!
- Leica CL Poland 2018 – to follow
- Leica CL Wedding – to follow
- Leica CL Review (Photos edited using my Leica CL “High Contrast” preset)
- Leica CL vs Leica M240 (Photos edited with Leica CL “Wedding” preset)