lightroom presets

Presets Collection Saga

After a long wait, I finally present you the new fine art landscape and night sky Lightroom Preset Collection Saga! If you want to add a unique look to your night and landscape photographs the Saga Presets are perfect for you! It includes over 180 presets to suit your style with my post-processing techniques. The collection uses the same technique of step by step process as the Phase Presets. Below you can find before and after photographs edited with the new collection. 

video on how to use Saga Lightroom Presets

How to Create A Night Panorama With Lightroom CC

Adobe released the new Lightroom CC couple of weeks ago and I wanted to write what are the new features it includes. Lightroom 5 had some great features and new updates like advanced healing brush, spot removal and radial gradient tools. In Lightroom CC, there are some new features as well. The new Lightroom CC includes faster performance and it does, in fact, feel faster in the daily use. 

The new Panorama and HDR -features are great for combining multiple photos without opening the images in Photoshop. This addition is a great feature for those who don't have Photoshop or are lazy like me creating panoramas in Photoshop.

  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Faster Performance
  • Precise control of Filters (I will do a follow-up tutorial on how to use these)

You can view all of the new improvements here: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom/versions.html?PID=2159997

Select the photographs you want to create a panorama. While you are shooting, you should consider capturing the photographs overlapping each other quite a bit. This will help Lightroom to analyze the panorama more efficiently.

Right-click on the images and select Photo Merge -> Panorama. 

First select two or more photographs you want to create the Panorama

Once the Panorama preview has been processed, you can see the outcome. Panorama processing takes some time depending on how many images you are trying to convert to a panorama. Click on the Merge button to process the image. 

The preview shows how the panorama will look, once it has been processed

After the picture has been processed Lightroom creates a dng (raw) file on which you can add lens correction and other adjustments. You can also use Presets to add unique look to your panoramas. 

After the panorama has been processed you can apply Lens correction and Presets to it

For this image I used Hazy - Surreal Lightroom Preset from my Preset Collection to add atmospheric look to the image.

If you are one that enjoys creating panoramas or HDR-images, I highly recommend grabbing the new Lightroom. However, if you rarely do panoramas and don't like the look of HDR, this update is not as major as the jump from Lightroom 4 to 5, which included some of my favorite updates such as the radial filter.

You can purchase the Photographer plan via Adobe, it includes both Lightroom and Photoshop. All of my Fine Art Presets work perfectly also in the new Lightroom CC. 

2014 in Pictures

It's that time of the year once again. I have included my favorite photographs from the past year. It has been a great journey in photography and I have learned a lot about myself and my photography.

In 2014 I was lucky to be published on the TelegraphDaily Mail and Twisted Sifters to mention few. I have just reached 500 000 followers on Facebook. The year has been one of the most rewarding ones since I first started in 2009. This year I have captured some of my favorite images and seems that I have been drawn into night photography more than ever. It's interesting to see how my work looks after 2015. 

What would you want to capture next year? One of my goals is to go and travel more around Finland, Norway, Iceland and more! Sky is the limit, literally! 

I hope you enjoy my favorite photographs from 2014. 

Have a fantastic New Year!

Mikko Lagerstedt - Divided - 2014, Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Highway - 2014, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Pathway - 2014, Tuusula, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Pathway - 2014, Tuusula, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Take Me Away - 2014, Yyteri, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Beach At Night - 2014, Yyteri, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - First Row - 2014, Yyteri, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - In The Silence - 2014, Kerava, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Path - 2014, Kerava, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Frozen Echo - 2014, Porvoo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Everlasting Moment - 2014, Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Silent Elegance - 2014, Porvoo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night Walk - 2014, Kerava, Finland

In 2015 I will publish a "Night Photography Masterclass" ebook. 

UPDATE: And the winner of the Print Collection is Michael P. Thank you all for participating in the print giveaway!

Preset Collection Phase

I'm thrilled to publish a completely new preset collection Phase. I believe it's the best editing solution I have ever created! It includes over 200 presets with a completely new system to work with your images, simple step-by-step work-flow. 

I hope everyone a wonderful Christmas time! Enjoy! :)

Something about a Tree - Edited with Morning Light preset in the  Phase Collection

Something about a Tree - Edited with Morning Light preset in the Phase Collection

Winners of the Fine Art Preset Collection Phase

I'm happy to announce the Lightroom Preset giveaway winners, who have bought my previous Fine Art Lightroom Preset Collection. And the winners are...

Bruno Melim
Ari Pelkonen
Julie Velky

Congratulations to the winners! I will be sending the new Lightroom Phase Collection to the winners next week! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! Good luck next time! :)

If you are interested in the new collection, make sure to subscribe to my newsletter to add yourself to the first persons who will receive the information of the publishing!

Lost at Night

Meanwhile here is a view from another beautiful night at the countryside of Finland. This one was edited with the new Presets Collection Phase. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui Ball Head K-40X
ISO 6400, 30 secs. f/2.8

Lost at Night, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt

Lost at Night, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt