Lightroom & ACR Preset Quick Edit | The Atelier Collection

When I decided I wanted to become a portrait photographer at 14, I thought that that meant I would spend all my time with my camera out in the world, photographing amazing women and creating new art daily. I didn’t realize how quickly editing could pile up like pressure on my shoulders and make me need to spend so much time indoors on the computer - feet up, pajamas on, and hands cramping from Lightroom sliders. One of the hardest parts of editing a collection of portraits is getting consistent skin tones throughout the gallery. I literally have spent hours on just that little bit of editing - and that combined with the culling, choosing the best photos, editing skin... it can seriously add up to way more time spent behind the computer than necessary.

When I realized how much time (and stress) using presets could save me I almost couldn’t believe it. I was doing the same motions over and over to keep my photographs looking consistent in sessions - I knew there had to be a way to create cohesion in my photographs without spending so much time repeating myself. Since I was already bringing down the brightness of the greens, adding clean contrast in my photos and adding a cool white balance - why not create a template that gave me a jumping off point and create a good base for consistency?

Consistency in your photographs is sooo important when it comes to narrowing down your style, becoming known for a specific genre of photography and ultimately booking more clients. That's why I'm so excited to have opened The KH Shop  for portrait photographers - so other photographers can start to create that same cohesion and attracting their ideal clients! Once I started using my first collection of presets, I could get crank out galleries quicker than ever before so my clients were thrilled, my body ached less because I wasn’t cramped up all day at the computer, and I was happier because I spent my time doing the thing I actually enjoyed - photographing women. 

I designed The KH Lightroom Preset Collections for photographers who were like me - photographers who want to get back to actually using their camera instead of being alone at their desk, who want to create consistency in their photographs, and who want to start utilizing the benefits of Lightroom presets in their editing workflow! View this quick edit video where I go through each preset in The Atelier Collection so you can see how they work with different lighting situations, different skin tones, and how the presets vary but still remain consistent between each one. 

Check out The Atelier Collection and other Lightroom Presets for moody photographers in The KH Shop!

Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.