New Preset! Modern/Mellow for Lightroom, analysis and walk-through

Hey guys, I made a new preset! 

I wanted to create a faded analogue look with a modern feel that is flattering on skin tones. I've been playing with these edits for a variety of images and found that they work well for editorial portraits, still life, landscapes and architectural shots. It gives moody landscapes added drama and mystery. 

Characteristics:  A subtle warmth in the shadows, with the highlights neutralised with cool toning in the split toning panel.  Greens are desaturated, and darkened in the HSL panel- giving us that moody look with landscapes and foliage.  As with most of my presets I try to make the edit kind to skin tones where appropriate. M/Mellow flatters medium to pale skin tones with an increase in luminance of yellows and oranges, and a selective desaturation of those colours.  Purples and Magentas are relatively saturated and ever so slightly darkened in the HSL panel- this makes florals pop, especially against green foliage.

I'm calling it Modern/Mellow, because *lack of imagination*, and abbreviated to M/Mellow *because laziness*. It has faded shadows with crushed blacks; faded highlights with a smoothness in the brighter tones (e.g. skin) from a reduction in highlight detail; there are colour shifts and selective desaturation. 

I've created 2 extra versions of the Modern/Mellow preset to allow you to achieve a range of looks: a M/Mellow- (decreased) version, for a subtle edit; and a M/Mellow+ (increased) version, for a more dramatic edit. 

Let's walk through the edits!

  Canberra. Unedited RAW   (left) M/Mellow Preset (right)

Canberra. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow Preset (right)

 Edited with M/Mellow preset

Edited with M/Mellow preset

  • There is a very very subtle warm caramel colour cast, with the highlights neutralised with cool toning in the split toning panel. This is important in keeping the overall look clean, and modern. I wanted an analogue film look, but not the old sepia photograph type of look! 
Modern Mellow Lightroom Preset
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Modern Mellow Lightroom Preset
  Natives. Unedited RAW   (left) M/Mellow Preset (right)

Natives. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow Preset (right)

  • In this edit, greens are desaturated, and darkened in the HSL panel- giving us that moody look with landscapes and foliage. 
  • Purples and Magentas are relatively saturated and ever so slightly darkened in the HSL panel- this makes florals pop, especially against green foliage. 
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Modern Mellow Lightroom Preset
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New Preset! Modern/Mellow for Lightroom, analysis and walk-through - COUPLES
Modern/Mellow Lightroom Preset- Filmic matte edit
  Islands in Krabi. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow + Preset (right)

Islands in Krabi. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow + Preset (right)

Modern/Mellow for Lightroom, analysis and walk-through
  Islands in Krabi. Unedited RAW   (top) M/Mellow Preset (bottom)

Islands in Krabi. Unedited RAW (top) M/Mellow Preset (bottom)

  • As with most of my presets I try to make the edit kind to skin tones where appropriate. M/Mellow flatters medium to pale skin tones with an increase in luminance of yellows and oranges, and a selective desaturation of those colours. 
  Portrait of Emily.  Unedited RAW   (top left) M/Mellow Preset-  (top right), M/Mellow (bottom left), M/Mellow + (bottom right)

Portrait of Emily.  Unedited RAW (top left) M/Mellow Preset-  (top right), M/Mellow (bottom left), M/Mellow + (bottom right)

  Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow + Preset (right)

Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow + Preset (right)

  Afternoons in Santiago, Chile. Unedited RAW   (left) M/Mellow Preset + (right)

Afternoons in Santiago, Chile. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow Preset + (right)

  Edited with M/Mellow preset

Edited with M/Mellow preset

  Food photography. Unedited RAW   (left) M/Mellow-  Preset (right)

Food photography. Unedited RAW (left) M/Mellow-  Preset (right)

Modern/Mellow for Lightroom, analysis and walk-through

The preset has an aesthetic that is similar to the VSCO Cam and VSCO Film style- something that resonates well with my photography. 

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