Photo Processing – 7 Before After Photos, 1 Free Preset

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” 
― Ansel Adams

I am a visual person. I sometimes talk in photographs.

Even though I am not much of a photographer I love taking pictures, specially while travelling. Since I use my phone to capture all these images, it comes with its own set of limitations. My Oppo R11 plus is pretty awesome in capturing all the right colors, but I still end up processing the pictures to add a bit of contrast or shadow. Sometimes, I experiment and change the complete temperature and tone to give the image a different look.

Lightroom is my favourite software to do all the processing. Although, I have Photoshop installed in my laptop, I am not really good at it. My husband and I bought a course on Udemy, but we are yet to complete it. Call me lazy!! 🙂

I love to brighten my images with cool colors. You must have noticed that I add a lot of bluish hue in my pictures. But today, I searched for some  free lightroom presets and tried out different color tones… like this one.

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When it comes to rocky surface, I always increase the contrast to make the image pop out. The Navy blue tint in this one makes the composition appear quite dramatic.

before after photo processing

Instead of high contrast and navy blue tint, the below picture has cooler shade.

before after photo processing


before after photo processing

Over the years I have made quite a few presets for processing my pictures. But the bluish tint is my most favourite preset till now. I just want everything to look bright and happy.

For those who are familiar with Lightroom, I have applied the same preset in the below picture. Then I added a graduated filter with pinkish hue and high contrast.

before after photo processing

For the below image, I used a Graduated filter on the cliff to brighten and increase the contrast.

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before after photo processing

Sharing this image because I loved the angle. It looks likes a small waterfall next to a rocky beach. But in reality, there’s no beach. I am standing on a cliff, which is about 30 meters above the sea, and this mini waterfall is made by a small stream flowing over a rock.

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If you want to try the Bluish hue Lightroom preset, here’s a Free download.


After downloading, follow the instructions to upload the preset in Lightroom.


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Before After Lightroom photo processing

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17 thoughts on “Photo Processing – 7 Before After Photos, 1 Free Preset

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I think way more people should get in touch with Lightroom! You can reach so great improvements with this programm. Always fascinating 😉

    Just as a little tipp: This site as 54 free Lightroom Presets as well:

    I founded this 100% non commercial site to get more people in touch with photo editing and to make the world a bit more colorful 🙂

    Again thanks for this great post Rajlakshmi!

    With the best wishes ❤

    Yours Maurice

  2. I like photo-editing sometimes, too. It’s fun to re-create one’s images. Some of these photos are amazing. I think my favorite is the last shot of the waterfall in the foreground looking off to sea. 🙂 Here’s my SWF contribution and I hope you’ll visit. Have a blessed day!

  3. I used to share pictures without filters earlier, but then after I discovered Pixelr, I went bonkers! I don’t go over the top while filtering/editing, but, do like to add the blue tints to some pictures, or soften the tones of some others. I am not very familiar with the names one uses for these editing processes, (like you do), but a subtle change in the picture with filters does bring the picture alive!
    Loved all of your pictures, Raj!

  4. I have always loved the blue in your pictures! And I agree some processing does bring out the hidden beauty of the photographs. I have never understood this fascination some people have with keeping their photos ‘untouched’ 🙂 I think the real job of a photograph is not to imitate what is there in the nature but to reveal what the inner eye sees or seeks to see, that which is rather hidden. So in that sense if the colour adjustments or other ‘touches’ (besides the composition of the photo itself) help, I am all for it! Though of course I am not a photographer, just an admirer of good photography 🙂
    Great job with the photo processing there, Raj! My husband also uses Lightroom.

  5. I love the second image the most! The color do pop up and bring out the scenery well.

    I’ve been wanting to try out Lightroom for a while now, let me take a look at it. I have a lot of photos from my recent vacation waiting to be edited.

  6. I used to think that the pictures we take should be good enough by themselves but then, over time, I realized that editing them is to not to “fix” pictures but to enhance good ones 🙂 Never worked on Lightroom but now I’ve gotta go find out what the fuss is about.

    P.S: Your landscapes are beyond gorgeous *googly eyes*

  7. This is absolutely fascinating for someone like me who just barely manages to take pictures and passable ones at that, on my phone. The camera does a better job though. I’ve never worked with filters but these look gorgeous. Will keep in mind for my blog graphics 🙂

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