Drone shots are particularly hard to edit.
Even harder are Mavic Pro shots. The RAW files from these amazing flying cameras are decent, but fall pretty flat in dynamic range and colour.
This preset pack solves both of those shortcomings, and more.
In this first instalment of ‘From Above’, I wanted to focus on the most common types of drone shots, the ones I love to shoot the most, and the ones I’m most known for.
They all feature water, and they’re all shot top-down. They include rock pools, waves and beaches.
To be honest, I feel kind of awkward sharing them with you. This is my bread and butter – the techniques I use every day. Some people may find that I’m stepping in a taboo area, revealing techniques that take other peoples months and months to learn.
For me, though, I believe in sharing. I believe there’s more than enough success for all of us, and I believe in empowering and enriching the lives of everyone around me; so I’m holding nothing back.
What you’ll find in this preset pack is 6 presets, all developed from the shots they are shown from. At a base level, they’re the colours, tones and other values I use all the time. They’re a great starting place for most of your drone shots that feature any kind of water.
The real magic, though, lies in what comes with this preset pack – 10 Lightroom brushes to use with the presets.
This is the real magic of how editing overcomes RAW files with lower dynamic range and flat colour – you brush it in.
So what you’ll find is that you’ll be able to download the presets in a pack or individually, but you’ll only get the brushes if you buy the entire pack.
It’s great value for money, 6 presets and 10 brushes. What you’ll hopefully learn after using them is to understand how I think about some of my most loved drone shots – something that has taken me months to understand and refine.
You get all that learning instantly.
More so than any monetary value I can attribute to this pack, what I hope for the most is that these presets take your editing to the next level. I hope you learn and understand my perspective on how I edit these shots, and I hope you get serious value out of this pack less in the form of an efficient workflow (although that is nice), but more in the form of new knowledge. Buying preset packs of all the people who inspired me was one of the ways I learnt how to edit well. I hope this pack does that for you, too.
As always, if you do buy this preset pack and decide to post any images on Instagram, feel free to hashtag #patkaypresets so I can see your creations!
How to install Lightroom presets
How to get the most out of this preset pack
This pack is a little different from the others. This pack is equally about the presets as it is the brushes (Local Adjustment Brushes).
Most of you know how to use presets, but using Local Adjustment Brushes adds a new level of flexibility to your editing.
For the types of edits I do, it’s an absolutely crucial skill to learn, as you’re no longer bound to editing the image as it was shot. Instead, you’re adding dimensions on top of the image.
In this preset pack, we do this for rockpools, water and rocks, adding colour and depth to everything.
In the bushes folder, you’ll find 10 local adjustment presets.
They’ll appear in the ‘Effect’ dropdown when you open the Adjustment Brush menu (Press ‘K’ for a shortcut). There, they will be named after the presets they were created from. You can use them in a wide variety of situations, not just the preset they belong to – they work for many other types of images.
Play around with them – Sometimes they’re better on full flow with a low feather, other times they’re better with a lighter flow and high feather. Think of them as your paintbrush. Experiement and understand them – and don’t be afraid to tweak them to suit your needs.
Shoot me an email if you get stuck! Otherwise, I look forward to seeing what you create 😊