Ryan Longnecker Biography: I’m right at home wherever this world makes me feel small. I grew up in a small town in the valley between two mountain ranges in California. When you grow up like that, you develop an appreciation for beauty and nature and people that you marinate in for your whole life. I’ve since moved and now live in the LA area, but I still feel attuned to the land and to seasonal changes – especially when fall comes. It’s in the wind. Fall is something I can’t celebrate until I feel it in my bones. I’m a big fan of coffee, a good IPA, spoken word poetry, minimalism, silence, friends, laughter, and more coffee… and maybe another IPA. I’m married with two daughters, which is rad. I have a degree in music and a masters in theology, and I believe the world and the people in it are beautiful and that there’s a lot of love and beauty to be told. I think the best thing we can do for each other is to make every effort to be present. It’s in this presence that we can love, comfort, celebrate with, and know others. The dude abides.
Ryan Longnecker Preset Background: My presets are meant to focus on the color scheme that draws me in the most, and that which I’ve recently learned is scientifically proven to be one of the most pleasing to the human eye: amber and blue. I live near the ocean, and so not only do we have gorgeous blues and water, when the mist hits against the cliffs it spits up mist that mixes with sunset light and provides a golden glow that’s not really replicable through post processing. I’ve always tended towards a moodier edit rather than a really clean one, because I believe you should edit how an image feels and not how it looks. Among these five color presets, and the one B&W, you should be able to find one that works for you in a variety of scenarios and lighting. I’ve never cared much about trying to emulate film, so you’ll see a lot more contrast in my presets and less interest in the grain unless it pertains to the mood of the edit (like 03 and 05 B&W). Because there are so few occasions when I’m shooting a scene in which everything feels neutral, I don’t try to get the histogram perfect – so these will work really well in both under and overexposed images. But if you want to really see them shine, go shoot during golden hour near some water and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The great thing about all the artists in Archipelago is that we’ve spent time developing what our eye loves to see. More than anything these presets serve as assistants to the development of your individual look – edit them until you’ve developed a solid style all your own. Have fun!
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 01 »
Preset 01. This preset deals mostly with teal and amber tones. It’s unashamedly contrast-y and vibrant. It’s not highly concerned with skin tones, so this is a great fit for scenery.
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 02 »
Preset 02. Similar to 01, this preset focuses on colors and deep tones throughout – exaggerated and saturated tones that draw in the eye but aren’t so wild as to be distracting. With some temperature and tint adjustments afterwards it really shines with a variety of landscapes. Try it in cities as well as mountains and beaches.
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 03 »
Preset 03. This preset aims to preserve tones and natural feel, and it layers some mood with contrast nearer to film. It also doesn’t shy away from grain. It’s not as saturated as the other presets and works amazingly for portraiture, weddings, and moody storytelling of all kinds.
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 04»
Preset 04. This preset serves as a great base for any presetting you might be working in. It’s a simple exaggeration and requires some individual tweaking but essentially gives your images twice the pop. The grain is very light and the contrast is good enough to give you the full spectrum of color. Don’t avoid underexposing for this preset and then bringing shadows back carefully. Try it out with tilt-shift and enjoy some magic.
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 05 »
Preset 05. If I were doing color street photography I would probably start with 05. It shines best when your picture is decidedly cool or warm, whereas something more middle-ground might be best with a different preset. I developed this with images from New York and then found out it also works on the beach and in Yosemite. It has heavy contrast, just like I like it, and doesn’t under-saturate any colors or get them muddied in the middle.
« Ryan Longnecker Lightroom Preset 06bw »
Preset 06bw. Creating one catchall B&W preset is tough, but for 06 I synthesized what I’ve liked about every other B&W set into something that feels as close as possible to the ultimate: true blacks, semi-true whites, and clarity. I like grain in B&W and feel that a moody image can be created without being terribly faded. Grain helps to ease both ends of the histogram and evens out the image overall, but it needs to be delicate. This preset can go a long way in any situation, but will work best with an evenly exposed start.
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