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What I Am Working On: LUTs

The original file:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The image above is what I started my editing session with. I did a few of my usual edits, beginning with a crop. Once I was satisfied with that, I decided to add a LUT. This type of edit will change the color values in your photo. It’s a preset, but for color only. A lot of other editing presets will change multiple things, but this is a singular edit. A deeper explanation of LUTs can be found here. I created three different versions.

The LUT, Chrono-Steel:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The LUT, Blue Trace:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

The LUT, 1960:

ISO 400 f/11 1/500sec 18mm

Both the Blue Trace and 1960 version have had the slider on the LUT itself moved down, Chrono-Steel is set at 100%.

LUTs are available many places. Luminar has some that come preloaded. The one above called “1960” is one of those. They are also available for purchase and in some cases free. Google is a good way to search and identify ones that would most appeal to your sense of style within your photography. I find them to be a fun way to change things up a bit. Let me know if you have a favorite of these three in the comments below.


Added to CFFC, Water.


6 thoughts on “What I Am Working On: LUTs

  1. I think I like 1960 best. To me the Chrono-Steel makes the photo a bit too blue – it’s incongruous with such a cloudy sky so it looks a bit over-edited (just my view!) Maybe though the Chrono-Steel would look effective if set rather lower than 100%? Or could you add a neutral density grad filter over the top to grey down the sky a bit, as I do like the foreground?


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