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Contrastly BF Sale - worth it?

GingeraMan

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Contrastly presets are on sale now for $US50 - claiming that it normally costs $740 (which I am not sure is actually true?).

Is it worth it? The presets look great. I'm just wondering if this is in fact good value or what.
 

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We may have covered this ground before but presets in general are not worth paying good money for...
As for the $740 value claim - this is just snake-oil salesmanship!

If you want to spend money on post-processing then buy resources that teach you how to do it properly...

Tony Jay
 

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I am with Tony, no presets are worth purchasing.

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Yeah I'm inclined to agree. I was about to click purchase and hand over nearly AU$100 of hard earned cash and then paused to consider. I already have a bucket-load of presets anyway. But the claim that they normally cost $740 kinda irked me, I'd like to see proof of that. Fine I'll give it a miss and focus on tutorials instead.
 

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Developing your own presets is a whole different kettle of fish!

To be able to use your own presets predicates a particular shooting style with, usually, a particular approach to exposure.

To be able to shoot in a particular way and then apply a preset that expresses your own aesthetic and artistic preferences will result in a distinctive artistic style - which is the goal of every dedicated photographer, professional or amateur!

Tony Jay
 
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Yeah I agree. I ended up collecting a mass of presets that I don't really use as I just always do my own think anyway.

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I do think this logic (which generally I agree with) may change a bit with the new profiles/presets available now based on LUT's. While one can create those yourself, they are much more involved and can be incredibly creative. I have not been shopping for them, but I wouldn't be surprised to start seeing more and more LUT based transformations for LR, much as one can find for video. I think someone already posted one that turns any image into that Obama "hope" red themed poster effect, it was very cool (regardless of your politics) and honestly I would not know where to start to create one, even though I sort of understand the actual mechanics in the LUT's. I expect (hope) there will be a lot of creativity coming in that arena, and I doubt it will all be free.
 

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It was me who posted the Obama-look effect, and it's here (direct link to xmp file) if anyone wants it. It works well on many subjects - old cars, for example - but it wasn't that hard to create. PS can export adjustment layers as LUTs, and Adobe have documented how you bake a LUT into a profile using the ACR dialog box.

I agree things will change, but I'd still encourage people to be really cautious before parting with money for any presets. Don't believe the hype!

John
 

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It was me who posted the Obama-look effect,.... but it wasn't that hard to create.
Art is rarely hard for the artist. ;)

I think what I'm really trying to say is this: old presets just moved sliders. The range of things people could do with that, while impressive, was still pretty simple stuff to do once you learned how LR works.

LUT transforms offer a lot more leverage, as they can map almost any color/tone to any other. While the mechanics of that are pretty simple, the possible effects -- all the combinations of things -- are substantially greater and offer an opportunity for more creativity. I even wonder if we won't see plugins that do active analysis of images, and create LUT profiles for transformation of them based on content.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I hope that Adobe opening this can of worms has encouraged a lot of creative birds to come feed on them.
 
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