Lightroom Presets for Dark and Dramatic Landscapes

Workflow with 7 modules for abstract landscape photography in Lightroom Desktop & Mobile.

Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets

These are not your average 'one-click presets'.

This product is designed as a structured workflow and consists of seven modules. This gives you the freedom to individually shape the final image with a selection of adjustment presets and develop a repeatable personal style in the process. A structured workflow frees you from the worries of where to start and what to do next.

Compatible with Lightroom Desktop and Mobile (DNG presets included)

Compatible with Lightroom Desktop and Mobile

All Lightroom presets are included in XMP, lrtemplate and DNG format to ensure maximum compatibility and flexibility across platforms and devices. → See also: Installation instructions and notes for mobile presets

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Fine Art Lightroom Presets for Dark and Dramatic Landscape Photography

The presets work for a variety of different landscape types, but unfold their full power in coastal, forest and mountain landscapes with clouds, fog or overcast skies.

Testimonials of Dark and Dramatic Lightroom Presets

How the presets work

This collection of Lightroom presets is created as a workflow (similar to my other products) and the 56 presets are grouped into seven modules.

There are 15 dark and dramatic presets (basic looks) to choose from, each with a slightly different focus, color scheme and atmosphere. Split toning is an integral part of this product and I recommend experimenting with the different split toning options from the third module after choosing the basic look and adjusting the exposure, highlights and shadows accordingly. The majority of the 15 basic looks have a rather bluish tint in the highlights and shadows, but the split toning presets from the third module range over all colors, from orange and teal to variants of green.

1. Dark & dramatic looks (15 presets)
2. Exposure (12 presets)
3. Split toning (11 presets)
4. Vignetting (6 presets)
5. Grain (4 presets)
6. Noise reduction (4 presets)
7. Sharpening (4 presets)

Developed for Lightroom Desktop & Mobile

Developed for Lightroom Desktop & Mobile

All presets are compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC, and Classic CC (.lrtemplate & XMP-files included) as well as the latest Lightroom Mobile app on iOS and Android. For Lightroom Mobile, you can choose either the synchronization method via Lightroom on your desktop computer or the installation method via DNG presets.

Also works with the latest version of Photoshop!

This product also works with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in version 10.3 or newer - that means you can use the presets in Adobe Photoshop, too.

Before & after examples

The examples give a realistic impression of the presets. Only the basic settings like exposure, highlights or shadows were adjusted manually; everything else is based on the presets.

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Unedited Photo Glacier Lagoon with Ice in Dark Weather
Unedited Photo Dark and Moody Waves and Beach
Unedited Photo Dark and Moody Forest
Unedited Photo Dark and Dramatic Mountain Landscape
Unedited Photo of Glacier Glacier Ice in Dark and Dramatic Colors
Unedited Photo Ocean with Dark Waves
Unedited Photo of Mountain Range Mountain with Snow in Dark Tones
Unedited Image of Glacer Moody Glacier in the Clouds
Unedited Photo Dark and Moody Forest Landscape
Unedited Photo Dark and Moody Image of Fern
Unedited Aerial Photo of Glacial Landscape Abstract Aerial Landscape with Glacial River
Unedited Photo of Waterfall Dark and Dramatic Waterfall Image
Unedited Photo Mushrooms and Moss in Dark Colors
Unedited Photo of Coastline Dramatic Waves Crashing on Shore
Unedited Photo Landscape with Mountain in Snow and Clouds

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More sample photos

One image. Numerous looks.

The exciting and truly inspiring feature of this product is that you can choose vastly different approaches to editing a single image. Often a variety of basic looks can be applied to the same image with great results, as shown in the example images from Norway and Iceland below.

Please keep in mind that after applying the basic look, you still need to adjust the basic settings of each image before going into the fine-tuning process. In particular, you’ll need to tweak the exposure (which you also can do with the presets from Module 2) as well as the highlights, whites, shadows and blacks in the Basic panel of Lightroom.

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  • 56 Lightroom presets (XMP, lrtemplate and DNG format included to ensure maximum compatibility across platforms and devices)
  • compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC and Classic CC (Win & Mac) as well as the free Lightroom Mobile app for iOS and Android
  • *also works with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in version 10.3 or newer - that means you can use the presets in Photoshop, too!
  • optimized for JPG and RAW images

What is the difference between Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Classic?

How to install Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets for Dramatic Landscape Photography

You've tried everything in Lightroom, but just can't get that dark look for your landscape photos? Then this preset pack is for you!

How to buy?

You can buy and download the Lightroom presets via Payhip, a secure marketplace for digital products. Payhip accepts Paypal and all major credit cards.

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$35* – Purchase Presets Get all 8 Preset Packs for $75

Please make sure that the presets are compatible with your Lightroom version. → Read more

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Master Collection: Get all 8 Lightroom Preset Packs for $75

Lightroom Presets Bundle for Landscape Photography

This product is also included in the Master Collection by Northlandscapes, along with seven additional preset packs for moody landscape, travel and aerial photography. Get a total of 8 preset packs with a shop value of $258 for only $75! And the best part: All future product releases are also included!

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Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a professional photographer, this is the ideal preset collection to speed up your editing workflow.

More about the creator of the presets

Northlandscapes – Jan Erik Waider | Atmospheric landscape photography of the North: Norway, Iceland, Greenland and beyond

My name is Jan, and I'm a visual artist and fine art photographer based in Hamburg. My work focuses on atmospheric and abstract landscape photography of the distant North: Norway, Iceland, Greenland and beyond. Read more about me, discover my fine art and landscape series or learn about my coaching services for photographers.

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Lightroom Presets for Dark & Dramatic Landscape Photography

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