From Darkness to Light using MCP Presets and Actions

From Darkness to Light using MCP Presets and Actions






Camera and Lens Used: [amazon_link id=”B00267S7UK” target=”_blank” ]Nikon D5000[/amazon_link] and Nikkor 70-300mm VR
ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed: ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/500 sec
Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop
Actions/Presets Used: Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions, Enlighten Lightroom Presets, Illuminate Lightroom Presets
Extra Details: Steps Taken to Achieve Final Edit –


  • Illuminate preset: Golden Sunlight (From the Top) and then moved the filter down further on the photo to extend the sunlight throughout the whole picture. Increased exposure by 1/2 a stop, cropped photo, then adjusted exposure further to a total increase of +.78.

Photoshop CS2:

  • Newborn Necessities: Diaper Bag Action and selected Sugar-n-Spice and Pick Me Up.

Moved back into Lightroom:

  • Straightened angle. Used MCP Detail finder from Enlighten Preset on specific faces to sharpen the focus.


Image Title: Family Ties That Bind (From Darkness to Light using Presets and Actions)
By: Valerie Bybee
Studio: Valerie Bybee Photography
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ValerieBybeePhotography

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From Darkness to Light using MCP Presets and Actions