Leica M8 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Lightroom Presets)

Leica M8 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Lightroom Presets)

 

As requested here are my Leica M8 Lightroom Presets which are now available as an instant download bundle!   Sorry for the delay!

Leica M8 Portrait with Noctilux

Leica M8 Lightroom Presets

3 Lightroom presets that I use the most for my own Leica M8 photography

Leica M8 Lightroom preset bundle includes 3x LR presets, 1x colour, 2x black and white:

  1. MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1
  2. MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1
  3. MrLeica Leica M8 Colour1

 

Leica M8 + 28mm

Leica Look Lightroom Presets

3 Leica M8 LR presets to apply to Leica M8 RAW files.  That is what I made the profiles for specifically but you can still try applying them to any photo to see if it gives you the Leica look!

I think the famous Leica look is a combination of Leica lenses (mostly) and Leica digital camera sensors (less so).  The Leica M8 and Leica M9 CCD sensors were very different to the mass-produced CMOS sensors found in many modern digital cameras (including the Leica M240).  They give a more filmic hybrid look unlike most digital photos.   It was a huge disappointment “upgrading from a Leica M9 to a Leica M240.  (See my Learning to love the Leica M240).  I finally developed LR presets that brought the lifeless M240 RAW files back to life. (I will try to share these when I get chance).

Leica M8 LR Presets

Why 3 presets?  Leica M8 RAW DNG files (colour) already have a vintage look straight from camera (perhaps similar to my Leica CL colour wedding preset but more filmic looking).  The “Leica M8 Colour1” preset gives a more saturated, higher contrast modern looking colour profile.  The two Leica M8 Lightroom presets that are B&W might look quite similar if the images are viewed small size.  Where they differ the most is when photos are viewed large.  The “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1” preset gives a much more grainy appearance than the “Leica M8 B&W1” preset that has a smoother more modern look.

 

Film vs Digital

 

Leica M8 Camera Presets – Preview Photos

Before and after preview photos from Adobe Lightroom (screenshots) to show the effect of each LR preset.  Images on the left show the RAW DNG Leica M8 files “Before” and pictures on the right are with the Leica M8 preset applied “After”. (Please note I was not using an IR cut filter for any photo as I didn’t have one to fit the lens I used for most photos).

All featured Leica M8 photos were shot during my latest trip to Poland.  Full Poland blog to follow.

1. Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1

Up close the “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1” preset has quite a vintage look

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W
2. Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1

The “Leica M8 B&W1” offers smoother skin and a perhaps a slightly more modern look yet still the filmic look of the Leica M8 CCD sensor. (Perhaps the appearance of a fine grain modern film emulsion vs the more classic film grain look of the “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1”.  (Despite owning digital Leica cameras I shoot film as much as possible so my Lightroom presets tend to have a film influence).

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W

3. Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 Colour1

The “Leica M8 Colour1” preset gives a more saturated, higher contrast modern looking colour profile vs the low contrast unsaturated DNG files.

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - Colour Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - Colour Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - Colour

MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1 vs MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1

Here is a zoomed in comparison of the 2 B&W Leica M8 Lightroom presets:

  • Photo Left: Leica M8 B&W Vintage1
  • Photo Right: Leica M8 B&W1

 

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W

>> Leica M8 Camera Presets Download

*As seen in the MrLeica SHOP tab

Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 BUNDLE SPECIAL OFFER! (3x Leica M8 presets)

 

£9.99 - Download Now!

 

Special bundle offer giving 3 Leica M8 presets for the price of only 2

Leica M8 Lightroom preset bundle includes:

  • MrLeica Leica M8 Colour1
  • MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1
  • MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1

 

 

Related Posts

You may also like… What Gear I Use for Portraits!
  • See full details of my portrait photography lighting kit (2018) – HERE
  • See full details of my portrait photography equipment kit (2018) – HERE
Advertisements