I was playing around the other day with a few self-portraits and came up with an Adobe Lightroom preset that I really liked. I called it “Fake It Til You Make It.” It seems to work well on photos that are slightly under-exposed to add lots of punch and light. Today, I made a black-and-white version as well.
The presets: Fake It.zip
Here’s what they look like applied to this image:
With “Fake It Til You Make It”:
With “Fake It Til You Make It BW”:
A note on the use: adjusting “Exposure” seems to be the best way to get the highlights and shadows where you want them – adjusting “Brightness” seems to blow out the highlights every time.