Enlighten Me: Three Looks One Image With Lightroom 4 Presets

Every time we release a new product, I have the privilege of editing some amazing images sent to me by testers and a few photographers I admire. One such photographer, whose work I love so much, just so happens to be one of my friends from early childhood.

Here’s the story about this photo.

While this is my professional blog, I have to tell you a short personal story… This goes back 35+ years to when I was 5 years old and just moved to Marietta, Georgia. I was in class and became friends with a girl named Kelly Harmon.  She was as sweet and cute as can be with a big dimple in her cheek as she smiled. She tells me that I was shy back then.  Can you believe that?  She said the class used to scream “shout it out Jodi; shout it out” when I would get up for show-n-tell.  Anyway, we were extremely close through Elementary School and part of Middle School.  And as often happens, we found other friends, and didn’t see each other as much. By the end of high school, we had lost touch…

Fast forward to adulthood.  I was reading posts on a popular photography forum many years ago and came across her name, or maybe she came across mine.  I think we both found each other. We private messaged each other and were so excited to learn that both of us found photography.  That girl with the big dimple who I called my best early childhood friend was a photographer too. For the past number of years, I get holiday cards from her, and her card is always the one I drool over most.  Her photography is stunning – it speaks to me.  And I hope it speaks to you.  I am so proud of her!

Introducing my friend: Kelly Roper - and her amazing photography…

To start with, Kelly photographs a lot of children for editorial shoots for magazines. These were for Babiekins Magazine Decemeber 2011 (page 81-90, if you want to check out more published images from this shoot).  I am hoping she will soon guest write to tell you more. Make sure to leave her a comment if you want her to write about editorial shoots.  Often the models are wearing incredible clothing and beautiful accessories, like the headband shown.  The only makeup the model has on is a touch of blush and chapstick – and some glitter I believe – on her shoulders.  She did not have any eye makeup on.  Her eyelashes are just that amazing.

Here is the original, straight out of camera image.  Shot with an 85mm lens, f3.5, 1/250, ISO400.

kelly roper2 600x400 Enlighten Me: Three Looks One Image With Lightroom 4 Presets

Here is the first edit.

Lightroom Presets from MCP Enlighten: Vibrant, Ginger, Lighten 1/3 Stop, See Clearly.  Then used the following Enlighten brushes: Soften Skin (on the skin) and Sharpen (on the eyes and the headband)

A More Artistic Edit for the second one.

Lightroom Presets from MCP Enlighten: Soft & Bright, Lemon Water, Cool Afternoon, Lighten 2/3 Stop, See Clearly, Midtone Contrast Medium.  Then used the following Enlighten brushes: Soften Skin (on the skin) and Sharpen (on the eyes and the headband)

Now for a black and white look.

Lightroom Presets from MCP Enlighten:  Splash B&W, Lighten 2/3 Stop.  Then used the following Enlighten brushes: Soften Skin (on the skin) and Sharpen (on the eyes and the headband)

The examples were made in Lightroom too, using our Display It for Web Lightroom Presets. This was one with just a branding bar.

So, which look fits your style best?  The clean, color popped image, the artistic toned image or the black and white??? Tell us in the comments below.

 Enlighten Me: Three Looks One Image With Lightroom 4 Presets

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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4 Comments and 1 Replies



  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    Clean color popped! :)

  2. 2
    Cherie says:

    Love all of them – especially the first 2.

  3. 3
    Nicky says:

    Hi, these ‘blueprints’ for Enlighten are really helpful. Do you have any more of these blueprints anywhere, I would love to see more.
    Thanks.

  4. 4
    Jolene says:

    I like them all! Clean color popped is where I tend to go first. Then my creative juices kick me over, and I’ve got to try something different. Enjoying the Mini Enlighten Set :)



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