Portrait Series 02 Workshop

Thank you for buying Portrait Series Two!

May this help you press forward in your photography journey.

Remember! Tag #dhpresets on any posts so you can be featured! Send in full quality before and after photos to hello@davishilton.com as well to be posted on @dhpresets.

Before we get started, please remember that the files you have purchased are for your individual use only. I trust and you and appreciate you supporting my career! 

Alright, boring stuff is over, let's talk presets!


First, let's install these presets.

Real quick, then we'll get started.

To install your presets in Lightroom,
go ahead and open up your program..

Locate "Lightroom" on the top bar once your program is open. 

Next, hover down and click "Preferences".

Great! Now, on the new popup window, make sure you're on the "Presets" tab, then click "Show Lightroom Presets Folder". 

This will open up a folder on your desktop. Find and open the folder labeled "Lightroom", it should already be highlighted. 

Open the folder called "Develop Presets".

Cool! You made it! 
Now all you have to do is take the folder of presets you downloaded from me ("➸DH Portrait Series 1") and drop the whole thing in the "Develop Presets" folder! 

After that, simply exit out and close your Lightroom, then reopen the program! 

Voila, the actions should now be in your presets dropdown on the left.

 

To install ACR presets in Photoshop, please download and unzip the presets you purchased and place them in the following location:

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw /Settings
• Win(user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings
or
C:Users-[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

Make sure you only copy the preset files (.xmp) into the 'settings' folder, specified above, as folders are not supported in Camera Raw.

If you are on a Mac, the Library menu may be hidden, depending on your operating system. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

If you're still having troubles finding the 'Settings' folder, you can also save a file within ACR and search for it on your computer. When found make a shortcut to the 'Settings' folder either in your sidebar or as a desktop shortcut for easy access.


There are 2 steps to editing with this preset pack.

Step ONE: Apply a filter.

Click, step one is done!

Just one click, and boom!

 
 

Step Two: Adjust the exposure, then contrast, then the temperature.

These bars will allow you to fine-tune the photograph.
Remember, every photo is different!

First, it's up to you to make sure and properly expose the subject's face. 
I like to have bright subjects so I usually shoot my images a tad underexposed, then when I edit, I bring up the exposure to brighten my models until just before losing detail in their skin. Try it out! But don't forget to follow your own style!

Next, add or take away contrast to your own preference! 
(Don't overdo it, but don't hold back if you need a little more pop!)

Last, adjust the temperature and find a white balance you like! This step is important! Most of these presets neutralize colors to allow your subject to pop, so if it seems too cold or muted, adding warmth can go a LONG way. I always make sure and do this step during my editing process.

Don't be scared to go back and forth and tweak things a bit until you're happy with your result. 

For example, 

Here's a photo of mine with a preset applied. I went with a light and airy edit, so I pushed up my temperature!

But! Maybe you're more of a dark and broody kinda person. So here's an example of a lower exposure, and a a lower temperature! 

The possibilities are endless. 

 

Now, you could argue back and forth for a day about which is better. But my point is, everyone has their own style! So play around with your editing and find out what you like. 


Tip!
Everyone has a different skin color, and each lighting situation can vary.

If your skin tones are coming out too orange or yellow, adjust the color sliders in the "Color" tab of the Adjustments settings in Lightroom. 

If you notice that the photo is too green or red, use the "Tint" slider to adjust!

Great work!

The more you play around with these presets, the sooner you'll be a master of your own style.
You'll learn how to gain more control over exposure, tones, and color balance, and find a lot more consistency. 

Thank you

so much for your time and creativity! If you have any problems, send me a quick email at hello@davishilton.com! Otherwise, don't forget to tag and send in work so I can feature you! 


All the best,
Davis.