Presets FAQ

What are presets?

We use Adobe Lightroom to edit our Instagram (@katerinastavreva) and blog photos. Presets are a set of pre-saved settings that we have fine-tuned to achieve our signature look in one click using Lightroom. This helps us save time when editing new pictures and it can help you get the same look without spending months on learning everything from scratch.

What’s the difference between Desktop and Mobile presets?

There are two versions of the Lightroom editing software – a Desktop software and a Mobile app. The Desktop version is what we use most of the time – it is a powerful program that gives you a lot of control but you need to pay a subscription fee (around $10/month) to download and use it. The Mobile Lightroom app is free and you can download it from the app store. Desktop presets don’t work with the mobile app and vice versa. That’s why we offer our presets in both versions.

For more information on how to install the presets check out our tutorials for Desktop and Mobile.

What is included in the packs

Our Beach Life pack is more suitable for beach photos and the About Town pack is better for city shots with less ocean available :P. Each Desktop pack contains 8 unique presets in 2 versions each (so 16 total). The All In One Collection contains all 16 presets in 2 versions each (32 total).

The reason we did 2 versions of each preset was to offer you more flexibility with each edit – one is more suited for RAW files and one for JPG files.. So even if you don’t always shoot in RAW, you’re covered! You will still need to use high resolution files for best results.

Our Mobile preset packs also contain 2 versions of each preset – one with high and one with low intensity. We have designed them to work with higher and lower quality photos as this can greatly affect the result of your editing. These presets will work with pictures from your phone camera as well as a regular camera.

What camera and lens do you use?

We have a Canon 5d Mark IV and a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM lens. For a full list of our equipment click here.

Do these presets fit my style?

If you take a look at our Instagram feed you’ll notice most of our pictures were taken in direct sunlight during the day and contain a lot of blue skies, sandy beaches and turquoise-colored water. We also have the occasional colorful European towns, jungle greens and sunsets. If you like to take pictures in the same style our presets would be great for you! But if you prefer to shoot at dusk, for example, or indoors or you’re not particularly fond of beaches, then they might not be the best fit.

Will I get the exact same look if I buy your presets?

There are many factors that will determine your end result, and some might be out of your control. For example, the ocean/sea can have a totally different color depending on where you are – in some places it looks more turquoise, in others it will be basically green. The sky can change colors based on the time of day you shoot, skin tones and hair colors can vary a lot, and everything can look completely different if you shoot in direct sunlight, in the shade or indoors. Your camera, lens and settings can affect things as well. But if you learn how to make a few basic adjustments, you can make these work as long as you are using a DSLR and shooting in RAW format.

What is the difference between RAW and JPEG? Will the presets work with both?

RAW and JPEG are two different file formats in which you can shoot pictures. Most professional cameras have the option to shoot in either one and you can set that in-camera. RAW files are basically an uncompressed image of all the light and color information your camera sensor captured a the time of shooting, which you can later edit in Lightroom to get the most of your shot. JPEG is processed and compressed at the time of shooting in-camera, which loses a lot of the information in favor of a smaller file size. You can convert a RAW picture into JPEG later but you can’t convert a JPEG to RAW.

We recommend you shoot and edit in RAW to get the most out of our presets but if you prefer to edit in JPEG, that’s still fine as long as you shoot with a good camera and have the full size files. Each of our presets comes in two versions – one for RAW and one for JPEG files, so you have the option!

Do you accept returns?

Since presets are digital goods and cannot be returned, we are unable to issue refunds. If you are unhappy with the results you are getting, shoot as an email with a full resolution picture you want to edit and we’ll walk you through editing to get the best result.


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