I finally broke down and got some good portrait presets from Pretty Presets yesterday. I had been using free presets I’ve found around the web but hadn’t come across anything that fit my editing style enough to really save me any time processing my photos. I’m really pleased with the set I got. Lots of good stuff!
I wanted to try them out so I took a few pictures of the girls playing outside yesterday. I’m not totally happy with the pictures, my aperture was a little too wide so they’re not as in focus as I’d like, but they’re still cute and show off the presets well enough.
I know a lot of people like minimal editing with portraits. I like to keep things natural looking a lot of the time, but sometimes it’s great to change the look or mood of a photo by using an action or preset, or adjusting the levels. I guess my opinion on whether SOOC or heavily edited is better depends on the picture and how I want the person viewing it to feel. What do you prefer?