Lightroom presets and ratings 101
Efficiency lies in the use of presets and image ratings for me. I use a pretty cut and dry rating systemusing X and 1 to cull images. If something just isn’t right it’s removed at a glance, and if it’s something I really like then it gets a 1 for proper attention and editing. If I’m doing an ordering session in person I’ll make their order images 5 stars.
Presets can be very simple to wildly complex. Some people have gone and created elaborate libraries of preset building blocks to be layer together. My work flow is much simpler using a basic import preset that gets me 75% of the way to my final image or better typically. This preset effective adjusts the curve for contrast and exposure.
Now my follow up presets will adjust a variety of parameters to get me my black and white, and my high contrast wash notably. Once one of these presets are applied I’m 95% done or better. From here an adjustment of either the fill or the recovery will typically finish off the image. This basically effects the contrast level in case it has gone a little too far with clipping.
In order to create a preset all you need to do is go ahead and apply some general adjustments to your image and the use the + button beside Presets on the ride side of the screen. Once you do that you will get a window asking you which adjustments you want to apply to the preset. I’ve used presets for specific commercial tethered shoots so that my images are well adjusted with custom color profiles on capture / import. The more you can develop a style the easier it is to setup your presets.