Tonight I am contemplating the effects of Adobe Lightroom’s digital presets, using a photograph I took of the Queenscliff Pier in April. When I took up photography, I was determined to learn how to capture a good photograph through good camera technique. The idea of using software to alter the image did not appeal to me at all. However, digitally altered photographs are so prevalent, I decided that my views should come from an informed position rather than one of ignorance.
Tentatively, I adjusted setting after setting, eventually settling on the ‘Punch’ preset for this photograph. It feels right because I grew up holidaying in Queenscliff with my grandmother. As children, we played on this beach, walked on the pier and swam in the sea. I recall faded photographs and postcards kept by my mother and my grandmother. This particular preset brings so many memories to the fore, and I find myself drawn to it in a way that is quite unexpected.
For comparison, the original image is below.