Leica SL Lightroom Presets Download

Leica SL Lightroom Presets Download

Finally I bring you my 4 favourite MrLeica Adobe Lightroom presets for the Leica SL camera. I say 4 and as like my Panasonic Lumix S5 LR preset pack, I could not chose 3 so the download bundle is 3+1 free (4)!

NEW! 4 Lightroom presets for the Leica SL camera

As I shoot more colour photos than I did in the past, I included 2 colour Lightroom presets in additional to the 2 black and white LR presets.

  1. MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old
  2. MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop
  3. MrLeica Leica SL B&W1
  4. MrLeica Leica SL B&W2
Voigtlander 50mm APO (B&W edit)
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

How I edit photos with Lightroom presets

As someone with never enough time in the day, I need my photo editing process to be as streamlined as efficient as possible. After 10+ years of model photography my approach is now as follows.

  1. Be happy with the viewfinder image before pressing the shutter
  2. Check white balance if shooting with B&W preview
  3. Shoot in camera RAW
  4. Upload all RAW files to Adobe Lightroom on the computer
  5. Apply a MrLeica LR preset to the first image
  6. Paste preset across all images in Lightroom (“Sync”)
  7. Quickly review the images and fix exposure / as needed
  8. Export all images small size
  9. Send all images to the model
  10. Export a few favourites, full size to edit for Flickr / Instagram
  11. Open these in Photoshop, add a border/ fix skin if needed/ etc
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Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

Two colour presets for the Leica SL camera

1) MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old LR preset

This Lightroom preset was developed to give a lower saturation look. It can suit portraits and I especially like it for travel photography. The preset gives a reduced contrast flatter finish and I found it worked great with my winter images from Poland. (*Most portraits in Poland were shot in B&W with artificial light as there was very little daylight).

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with Col-Old preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + Col-Old LR preset

2) MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop Lightroom preset

Normally if I shoot colour I tend to go for something with a bit more pop. I tend to prefer colour images with more saturation and vibrancy so this Leica SL Lightroom preset works well for that look. I found that I used this LR preset a lot when we had blue skies and sunshine in Tenerife but it can brighten up a grey winter day too.

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with Col-Pop preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + Col-Pop LR preset

Example photos are shot with modern Leica M mount lenses including the Voigtlander APO-Skopar 90mm f2.8, Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm f2 and the compact Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2. I also used a modern Sigma DG DN L mount lens and vintage Leica R lenses. (To give you an idea of the lens sharpness and rendering).


Two B&W Lightroom presets for the Leica SL

Often my Leica preset packs have one high contrast black and white preset and one lower contrast B&W. For the Leica SL camera it was less clear cut so I just named the the B&W presets “One” and “Two”. They were developed independently and do give different looks.

1) MrLeica Leica SL B&W1 Lightroom preset

The first Leica SL black and white preset was developed to process all my Tenerife trip images.

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with B&W1 preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + B&W1 Leica LR preset

These example photos were shot with both modern Leica M mount lenses and older Leica R lenses on the Leica SL.


2) MrLeica Leica SL B&W2 Lightroom preset

My second Leica B&W preset for the Leica SL came after my trip to Poland. I was able to develop this LR preset and pretty much paste it across the 3000+ images from the trip. (I later went back through them and flipped some to colour but that’s normally how I use my presets).

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with B&W2 preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + B&W2 Adobe LR preset

Sample photos captured with the new Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f1.5 and Voigtlander APO-Skopar 90mm f2.8 lenses. See those posts for lots more B&W images edited using only this preset.


Lightroom presets for Leica SL camera download

Special bundle offer giving 4 Leica SL presets for the price of only 3 + 1 FREE!

Need more Lightroom presets for your Leica SL?

Even though I develop my Lightroom presets to suit a specific camera file they can be used with any camera. When I first bought my Leica SL camera I didn’t have time to make presets before multiple model shoots so I found myself using the MrLeica Pansonic Lumix S5 presets on the Leica files. They worked great so if you are looking for a wider selection of presets to use see that post.

Leica R Lens Portrait
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

Are you a Leica CL user?

If you use the APS-C mirrorless Leica CL I can confirm that these presets work fine on that camera too. For the Voigtlander 90mm f2.8 APO-Skopar video and the Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f1.5 video I used the Leica SL and CL cameras. To obtain a consistent look across the images I applied the Leica SL Lightroom preset to all files from both cameras.

All MrLeica Custom Presets – Download Here

My Leica Lightroom presets currently include:

Add your own signature look

If you like my Lightroom presets but you have your own signature look I recommend that you save the preset as a new file called MrLeicaXXX-v2 or “improved” etc. You can apply my Leica SL preset as a base edit then increase/ reduce sharpness, contrast, saturation, vignetting to taste. Going forward you can then use your version 2 preset and hopefully that will speed up your editing.

50mm Voigtlander Heliar f1.5
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W2 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

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Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W2 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

4 thoughts on “Leica SL Lightroom Presets”

  1. Jordan Kroemer

    Just recently picked up a used Leica typ 109 and decided to snap some pics. I’m pretty new to photography and have a decent eye for things but the editing and fine tuning is where Mr.Leica SL presets came into play. They transformed my images completely and really cleaned them up! I hadn’t notified that I was doing this all on my phone so had issues downloading (this is my fault) but got it figured out and imported to Lightroom. If your looking to fine tune your image’s and get magazine worthy results I’d highly recommend trying Mr. Leica’s preset’s!!! You won’t be disappointed.
    – Jordan K

  2. I just bought the Leica SL presets and downloaded the file right away. However the file is empty and it doesn’t have any file extension so my computer and Lightroom can’t open/import it. Can you help me?

    1. matthewosbornephotography

      Hi Bas, sorry I missed this. Hopefully you emailed me and we resolved it. If not please get in touch so I can help you. Thanks Matt

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