Stormy Waters Presets (Lightroom)


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Stormy Waters Presets (Lightroom)


This product is provided by: Michelle Gardella

I have always been dedicated to the poetic and the mysterious corners of things, and I’m far more interested in depth than surface area. And it turns out, I’m not alone.

So when the time came to offer presets to the world, I knew I had to just keep on doing what I’ve always done and jump into stormy waters. These presets and tools are for the ones who feel the fear but never let it stop them. The ones who cherish the imperfect and the brave; the low-key tones; the windblown hair, the muddy fingerprints, and the wrinkled hands.

As a teacher for many years I have witnessed countless incredible stories remain hidden on hard drives due to lack of confidence. It is my deepest hope that this magical preset bundle helps set them free. Let’s make some waves with our truths! No more excuses.

 The devil whispers, “You can’t handle the storm.” The warrior replies, “I am the storm.”



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See Michelle’s Stormy Waters Presets in action:


  • Stormy Waters LR Presets – 5 black and white presets
  • Deep Waters LR Presets – Additional adjustment presets for use in Lightroom
  • Instructions for installation
  • Bonus Booklet: Walkthrough an Edit – A 20+ page bonus booklet where Michelle walks you step-by-step through her LR editing process.

Tips from Michelle: To have the best success, start with a good RAW image. Lightroom 4 has the ability to edit .jpg files pretty well, too, but your best bet is always RAW. These presets are super magical, but they cannot fix a really poor photo. If you’re not loving the results, try fixing your exposure! 99.9% of the time, that’s the issue (these presets intentionally don’t touch exposure). Please see the bonus booklet for some helpful tips on editing!

If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of nailing a fantastic black and white image every time, check out Michelle’s Foundations of Black and White class.

A note about affiliate partners: The presets described on this page are owned and sold by our friend and DEFINE teacher Michelle Gardella. We only partner with artists and companies we know and trust, so consider this our stamp of approval. This product is not eligible for DEFINE discount codes, and cannot be purchased with a DEFINE gift certificate. All preset sales are final – no refunds, returns, or exchanges.


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