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The 8 Best Lightroom Presets for Portrait Photos

Last updated on Jul 9, 2019 by Brenda Barron

Want to find the best lightroom presets for portrait photography?

You’ve come to the right place.

If you’re looking for a quick and effective way to edit your photos into incredible, highly-professional looking images, then it’s hard to go wrong with Lightroom by Adobe. Perhaps one of the most popular pieces of software available for photographers, Lightroom presets help you to edit and enhance your photos in no time because they eliminate the need to play around with sliders.

For quick and compelling effects that make your headshots look stunning, this article will cover:

  • The best Lightroom presets for Portrait photos
  • Where to find those presets
  • When to use each preset to get the best effect

1.     Summer Love

For a romantic and ethereal impact with your portrait photos, Summer Love is a stunning preset that’s not too overwhelming. It’s great when you want a straightforward and natural looking image, with some extra enhancements.

Use this preset when you’re adjusting pictures captured in sunlight, to give a summery vibe to your galleries.

A before and after example of the Summer Love preset, used on a picture of a woman standing in front of a fence in the sunlight

2.     Hollywood

Who doesn’t want to look like a star of the silver screen in their headshots? If you’re creating glamorous photos that are designed to make your clients look and feel like a million dollars, Hollywood is a great option.

This free preset selection is an easy way to add some pizazz to glamor photos and pictures that need a touch of sophistication.

A before and after example of the Hollywood preset, used on a picture of a woman

3.     Cinema Inspired

One of the best Lightroom presets for portraits on the market; Cinema Inspired does precisely what you’d expect. Using a careful blend of contrast and shade, the preset makes it look as though you’ve pulled your images out of a high-quality movie.

If you’re trying to get a “dramatic” look for your clients, then this is the preset for you.

A before and after example of the Cinema Inspired preset, used on a picture of a woman standing in a field

4.     Catching Stand Black and White

Sometimes, the best way to have a theatrical impact with your images is to completely desaturate them. Catching Stand Black and White pack one comes with three shades to choose from if you want the ultimate black and white texture for your images.

If you’re looking for pictures that don’t distract the viewer with too much color, this preset will leave your clients in awe.

A before and after example of the CatchingStand Black and White preset, used on a closeup of a girl's face

5.     Strong HDR

This preset is simple, but useful when you want to take your portrait photography to the next level. Designed to give images an incredible HDR effect in a single click, the Strong HDR preset highlights shadows and color in your photos to give them more depth.

If you’re trying to make your photos more immersive, this preset is for you.

A before and after example of the Strong HDR present, used on a dramatic, closeup side view of a man's face

6.     Light Leak

If you’re looking for a very soft vintage effect for your photos, but you don’t want to go as far as playing with sepia tones, then Light Leak is a great way to enhance your images. This free Lightroom preset creates a beautiful light leak effect that works well in almost any portfolio

If you’re creating romantic or ethereal photos, then try this preset.

A before and after example of the Light Leak preset, used on a picture of a woman

7.     Street Photography

A pack of 15 free Lightroom presets intended to give you everything you need for an unforgettable gallery, Street Photography is ideal for your portrait photos. Whether you’re looking for something edgy and urban, or a touch of extra color, you’re sure to get what you need here.

Choose Street Photography when you’re looking to add extra light and focus to your photos.

A before and after example of one of the presets included with Street Photography, used on a picture of a man sitting in front of an old building

8.     Soft and Light

Finally, if you’re looking for an effect that makes your portraits look like they were captured within a fantasy world, then you can’t go wrong with Soft & Light. This impeccable preset adds extra light to your photos and desaturates your images slightly to make them truly out of this world.

If you’re aiming for an ethereal and romantic look, this preset is a perfect choice.

A before and after example of the Soft Light preset, used on a picture of a woman dressed up in fancy clothes and a hat

And there you have it! A selection of the best Lightroom presets for portraits on the market today. If you need a little extra help uploading your photos directly to WordPress from Lightroom, check out our guide here.

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  1. Thanks for this informative information and amazing product. This Lightroom for portraits are amazing. I Definitely wanna used this amazing gallery and try this.

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