Lightroom presets for wildlife photography is a way to get your wildlife photography looking its very best quickly.
Lightroom presets are amazing for those that are looking for a similar style across all photographs, such as I try to keep on my Instagram grid. They give photographers that consistent look without all the hassle and work of having to edit images for long periods of time per photo.
If you haven’t grabbed Lightroom yet, don’t worry.
You also get a free trial, so you can see if it’s the right fit for your editing workflow.
Let me just add here, that for a long time, I was very much a Photoshop only editor.
OK, so I’d quickly zip through the raw sliders in Lightroom but then sent images to Photoshop to finish them. But then I started to explore Lightroom further and it’s capabilities.
I then started to create my own Lightroom presets for wildlife photography to use as a base for my images.
Later in this blog, I’ll show you how you can create your own presets.
I’ll also cover how to use my Lightroom presets for wildlife photography on your own images.
Lightroom presets for wildlife photography
My Lightroom presets for wildlife photography are amazing to work with and save a ton of time.
I’ve developed settings that have been perfected for both the professional and hobbyist photographer.
First to arrive is my favoured go-to Lightroom preset titled MOODY FEELS.
Offering a crisp, smooth feel with a moody dark feel that you see throughout my portfolio recently.
Take a look at some before and afters below.
Download Presets for Lightroom
So, now that we know and understand what Lightroom presets for wildlife photography are, we can then move on to how to download my FREE Lightroom presets for wildlife photography and install them.
My Lightroom presets for wildlife photography are available for FREE as digital files that you download by subscribing to the #PANGOLIN newsletter HERE.
There are all kinds of different presets out there, as you can imagine. They are digital files that typically come in a Zip folder, as mine do.
All you will have to do is unzip the files on your computer, phone, or tablet, or wherever you have Lightroom installed.
Installing Lightroom Presets
So, now that you have downloaded my Lightroom presets for wildlife photography, you can use the guides below to help you install them depending on your device and Lightroom version.
I will be in the future writing about the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic.
However for now, the install guides below should help you get started.
Lightroom Classic 97.3 or later version
Now, to install these Lightroom presets for wildlife photography are different based on the version on Lightroom. Let’s take a look at Lightroom Classic 97.3 or later) Once you have your lightroom open go to the developer module.
This module will be at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
On the left, you will find the preinstalled presets. These are very basic presets that come with this version of lightroom.
You will then need to click on the + icon. Then you will select the “import presets” from the dropdown menu.
Find the zip files and click import.
The new preset, once imported, should show up in your presets menu.
Installing presets in Lightroom Classic 7.2 or older version or in Lightroom 4, 5, 6
You need to download the Lightroom presets for wildlife photography onto the device on which you have Lightroom installed.
Then, open Lightroom, whichever version you have, and look for “Preferences” then go to the tab that says presets.
Once you are in preset, click on the presets folder and double click on the develop presets folder.
Find the new preset on the device and upload the file that you just downloaded.
You will have to restart lightroom when your upload is complete in order for the new preset to appear in the menu.
Installing presets in Lightroom (CC) -Windows or Mac
First, you will download the Lightroom presets for wildlife photography onto the device on which you have Lightroom installed.
Open up Lightroom and find the edit icon, 3 horizontal bars with circles on them, which is in the upper left corner of the screen.
Once you are on that screen you need to find the presets button which is on the bottom of the screen.
Click on that the pre-installed presets will appear. These are, again, very basic presets, but were put on the system when Lightroom was installed originally.
Click on the top where there are 3 dots, this will allow you to install your files. Find the file and install it.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the presets in your presets folder, and you are done.
Installing Presets to your mobile version
If you want the Lightroom presets for wildlife photography on your mobile devices you will need to install them on your desktop first.
They will then sync up to your mobile device once the installation is complete.
While this only works if you have a creative cloud subscription there are other ways to add presets to your free version of the mobile app, however, it can be sort of time-consuming for those with iPhones.
Install new presets on Android
For Android, it isn’t as complex.
You will need to download the Lightroom presets for wildlife photography onto your phone.
Then, open Lightroom and choose a random image.
Once you have the image open, slide the right bar all the way to where you see the option for view presets. Click that option.
From there, select “Import presets”.
Find the folder that has the preset zip files and import it in.
It is pretty straightforward and simple enough.
Install new presets on iPhone
For Apple, you will need an app that will be able to handle a zip file, before attempting.
Then, download your zip file and open it with one of the various apps.
Open the Lightroom app and click on the + to make a new folder.
The iPhones don’t have a presets folder installed so we have to make one.
Once you have the folder created you can then click on “Create New Album” and name the album something that will tell you what that preset is, such as its name.
Once you have the album you are ready to “add” the content. This is where you need to go to the folder in which the zip program extracted the information from and download all of the files and click “open”.
Open the first image and click the 3 dots, this is where you are going to name your preset.
While you are naming you to want to uncheck “details”, “tools”, “Optics”, Geometry and under “color” you need to uncheck “white balance”, under the “light” you need to uncheck “exposure. When you have done all of this, you can simply tick the box to create the preset.
Repeat these steps for every preset you want to install on your iPhone.
How to Use Wildlife Photography Lightroom Presets
Now that you know what Lightroom presets are and how to install them, next is the fun part, messing around with them on your images.
All of my presets are just starting points, first, it is worth changing the exposure up or down to suit depending on the base image.
Then, take your time & play with each slider to find a setting that works for you.
Really see how the Lightroom presets for wildlife photography could enhance your photography and take it to the next level.
How to Create Your Own Lightroom Presets for Wildlife Photography
Want to create your own presets?
Great, You could even use my free lightroom presets and adjust them to suit you, then save them as your own.
Creating Lightroom presets for wildlife photography is really simple.
Presets you create even automatically sync to the cloud and to Lightroom on all your devices.
So when you make a custom preset in Lightroom anywhere, whether that’s on your computer, mobile, or tablet, it will sync via your creative cloud account and be available for you to use in Lightroom across all your devices.
Here are 7 simple steps to creating Lightroom presets for wildlife photography.
- With a photo selected, click the Edit icon.
- Adjust the editing controls to get a look that you like.
- Click the Presets button below the Edit panel.
- Click the three-dot icon on the top right of the Presets panel, and choose ‘Create Preset’.
- In the Create Preset window, enter a name for the preset.
- Tap the Group menu and choose or create a group for your preset. The default group for presets you create is the User Presets group.
- Select which categories of edit settings to include in the preset, and click Save.
Your custom preset now appears in the Presets panel, ready for you to apply to other photos.
Give it a go, tag me on Instagram so I can see the results.
Lightroom presets for wildlife photography have become an essential part of my workflow.
I hope that the free ones I’ve given away in this blog post will help you get started. I’d love to see the results.
Installation and creating your own Lightroom presets is really simple.
As always, I’m more than happy to help wherever I can, just drop me a message on Instagram and I’ll see if I can help.