Leica SL Lightroom Presets

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

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Special bundle offer giving 3 Leica SL presets for the price of only 2 + 1 FREE!

Leica SL Lightroom preset bundle includes:

  • MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old
  • MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop
  • MrLeica Leica SL B&W1
  • MrLeica Leica SL B&W2 (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)

Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

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