Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets

Creative workflow with 7 modules and 56 presets for abstract and artistic landscape photography.

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Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscape Photography
Dark Lightroom Presets for Landscapes
Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscape Photography
Dark and Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Fine Art Photography
Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscapes
Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscape Photography
Dark and Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Fine Art Nature Photography
Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscapes
Dark Lightroom Presets for Fine Art Landscape Photography
Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Fine Art Landscape Photography

This is definitely not a conventional preset pack for landscape photography with the same old looks you see on Instagram, but something truly bold and unique.

There is no product that I use more often as a source of inspiration than this collection of presets. And none of my other products contains more passion and experience.

In recent months, I have received many questions about my Fine Art series and especially about my rather dark and artistic editing process in Lightroom. After a little reflection, I decided to develop a preset pack for the dark and dramatic landscape and nature photography exemplified in my most well-known photo series. I quickly realized that it required significantly more testing and experimentation than expected ... but the hard work has paid off and I'm 100% satisfied with the final product.

Create images that truly stand apart from the masses of tired, overused motifs.

With this product you get an exciting workflow of 56 presets that will surely bring you new ideas and impressive results. This preset pack pairs perfectly with an experimental and playful approach – one of my favorite strategies when I don't know exactly where the journey in Lightroom should take me.

Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets for Landscape Photography

This collection clearly follows the "quality over quantity" approach, and the presets have been extensively tested on a large number of images from different camera models including Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Sony and more.

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 – from wide panoramic shots to exciting close-ups.

Before and 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.

Completely overwhelmed by the results!
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by on July 08, 2019

I don't know exactly why, but I love (really) dark and atmospheric landscapes - both in nature and in Lightroom. I've been following Jan's work on Instagram for a while now and am absolutely fascinated by the dramatic mood in his photos and I also like the reduced color palette. I was allowed to test the product in advance and am absolutely thrilled (and also a little overwhelmed) what can be achieved with this product. Many seemingly boring motifs come to life and especially my numerous forest photographs work perfectly with these presets! I can definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for new and exciting looks for their landscapes and it's really fun to experiment with the different looks and color toning presets.

How the presets work

This collection of Lightroom presets is created as a workflow (like 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)

All presets are compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC, and Classic CC (.lrtemplate & XMP-files) on both Windows and Mac. 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. Every preset has been carefully crafted and tested to work with a wide variety of images and camera models.

Before & After Photos or discover my Fine Art photo series

One image. Numerous editing possibilities.

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.

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Foggy forest in Norway
Blue fog over forest
Foggy forest with clouds
Dark and moody forest in the mountains
Dark and moody forest scene
Dark Clouds over Mountain in Iceland
Moody and dramatic mountain landscape
Moody and dramatic mountain landscape in Iceland
Dark and monochrome mountain landscape
Dark and moody mountain scene

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.


  • 56 Lightroom presets
  • both .lrtemplate and .XMP-files are included for maximum compatibility
  • compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC and Classic CC on both Mac and PC (→ What are the differences between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC?)
  • *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
  • PDF installation guide included
Lightroom Presets for Dramatic Landscape Photography

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