We’re literally talking about spending just 1-second here to end up with dramatically different and rather beautiful photos (if I do say so myself 🙂 ).

Photography is absolutely subjective and while one important part of it is actually getting the right photo, the most crucial part (and sometimes, the most overlooked part) is actually editing the photo. Cameras these days are absolutely great and capable of taking rather fantastic images but they can never capture as many colours or hues as the human eye can.

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Then there’s the whole ‘story-telling‘ side of things with photos where you can take ‘artistic license‘ to make your photos look more dramatic/vintage/colourful/anything-else-you-want to fit in with the emotions you felt at the time you say the actual subject you photographed.

For example, a rainy day photo in a cafe in London is bound to feel and look quite different from a sunny afternoon in a park in London and that ‘feeling’ should be captured in your photo. (When we talk about ‘editing’ your photo here, we’re not talking about distorting/photoshopping your image to make the subject look different from reality, we’re talking about bringing out the best of whatever photo you’ve already taken).

Long story aside, following comments and emails that we’ve received, we’ve decided to finally put together our very first one-click Adobe Lightroom Presets to help you edit your photos. We’ve got the ‘before and after’ so you can see what each preset does and decide on which one(s) you’d want to get.

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If you know what they are already, you can skip this bit but if you’re unfamiliar with Adobe Lightroom or its presets, Lightroom is pretty much the best photo editing tool out there. It’s what we use on here and I genuinely haven’t found a better photo editing tool out there. It’s made by Adobe and allows you to organise and edit your photos the way no other tool out there can. It’s so much more straightforward to use than Photoshop and is a lot more user-friendly.

Presets are essential like Instagram filters. The same way you can select a filter on Instagram and apply it to a photo is the same way you select a preset on Lightroom and apply it to your photo. It takes a second!

(*You can see more details on Lightroom and get it here —> Amazon UK here \\ Amazon US here)


1.) Nano

Nano is all about nature and beautiful landscapes. It’s the bubbly, fun and playful one of the lot! There are 7  Nano presets in total and the Nano presets work best on sunny days – with the exception of Nano 3 which is more suited to cold, grey days. Check them all out below.

Nano 1
Nano 2
Nano 3
Nano 4
Nano 5
Nano 6
Nano 7


2.) Zetta

Zetta is the moody one of the group. It’s perfect for bad weather, rocky terrains and drawing out specific details in photos. There are 6 in total – with Zetta 1 being the more colourful exception of the lot. Check them all out below.

Zetta 1
Zetta 2
Zetta 3
Zetta 4
Zetta 5
Zetta 6


3.) Yotta

Yotta is the cool, minimalist one. Yotta is perfect for indoor photos, food photography and white spaces. It’s a the more stripped back, laid-back one of the group. There are 5 in total. Check them all out below.

Yotta 1
Yotta 2
Yotta 3
Yotta 4
Yotta 5


4.) Micro

Micro is all about black and white. As it turns out, not all black and whites are equal – with some being better for portraits of people, others for nature, a different set for architecture, another for vintage black and white (here’s looking at you Micro 3) and on and on. There are 6 in total. Check them all out below.

Micro 1
Micro 2
Micro 3
Micro 4
Micro 5
Micro 6


5.) Pico

Pico is all about that vintage look! If #TBT were a preset, it would be Pico! Some are great for sunny, brighter photos (Pico 2) and others for colder, darker photos (Pico 3) but whatever vintage style you’re looking for, one of these Pico lot should cover it. 😉 There are 7 in total. Check them all out below.

Pico 1
Pico 2
Pico 3
Pico 4
Pico 5
Pico 6
Pico 7



You can get them each preset groups on it’s own (see above) or you can get all 5 Lightroom presets groups ( with 31 Lightroom presets for £3.99 (20% off the individual prices).


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  • MissLilly

    really nice presets guys! also loved the way you found to show how they work. well done

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! 🙂

      big hugs,

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • This is great! I did not know about Lightroom Presets!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Jill 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • What a great price on these! I don’t use Lightroom, but if I ever do I’ll be sure to come back and snag these.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Emily! So glad you like them… if you ever do get Lightroom, we’re always happy to run your through it! Pop us some questions if you ever do! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’m loving your camera collection! What a coincidence, I also shot my vintage and film camera collection (I flat laid mine though – still working on building a display cabinet for my babies) for my latest blog post on photography tips. I do agree that 50% if not more of the work is done in post-production although I’m scared to admit it because I’ve had purists flare their nostrils at me o_O

    I’ve never used Lightroom presets, I edit everything from scratch in Photoshop and it’s exhausting – I should start looking into making presets to batch edit my photos! x

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re so right about the post-production element… we always see it like baking a cake … it’s never quite complete without the jam and cream!

      We individually edited our Norway album yesterday and it took us 12 hours from start to finish.. it’s such a LONG process isn’t it!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Wow. I have light rooms but never really use it. Think that will change from now on! Thanks
    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Leonie – it’s such a great program… we love it! 🙂

      If you do need any advice on it or any tips, just pop us a message – happy to help if we can!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Omg lifesaver. Totally getting this when I get my new laptop!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Milou! 🙂

      big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Danielle Lim

    Thank you! I have been using the presets that come with Lightroom already. Never knew about purchasing these ones.


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Danielle! Lightroom is great, isn’t it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Holly

    Such a good post and very helpful. Thank you! x

    Holly at http://www.ldnmuse.com xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Holly 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MayBPhoenix

    I absolutely love these and thanks for the inspiration! Wish Lightroom wasn’t as expensive, for someone who just needs it for blog pictures and only blogs for fun it’s a big investment. I was using free tools like Picmonkey and Befunky but they just made most of their filters into Premium, paid ones only so I am done there. Looking for something else now.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! Totally know what you mean, Lightroom can be an expensive program if you only use it some of the time. There are some really great apps like VSCO and Snapseed that are free (although you can add in-app purchases) to gain more filters.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • It’s amazing how much of a different a little filter/setting can make! I haven’t tried Lightroom out, but I think I need to give it a try!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We feel the same, Rachel. Editing can really change the ‘mood’ and emotion within a photo. Lightroom is awesome, do let us know if you get it – happy to help with any tips you might need! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • How funny, I was just talking a few days ago about getting Lightroom and having a play with it as I’m finding Photoshop a little limiting (probably just not doing it right, but you always hear good things about Lightroom now anyway). Thanks for the tips!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! So glad you like the tips! Gotta love finding new ways to use Lightroom! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Wonderful presets! Can they be used in Lightroom’s trial version?

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Olga, it should be able to but the trail version you’re using should detail if you’re allowed to include the presets. Hope so! 🙂

      Let us know if you need any tips 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Nital Shah

    Wow – these are great. I always just jump onto Photoshop but this would make life so much easier! Thanks

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Nital! So glad you like them 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • You really did a great job with this, so impressed! I’ve been considering downloading lightroom and this may just be my deciding factor…

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, yay! It’s a really helpful tool, Leah. If you do decide to download Lightroom, let us know. Always happy to help with tips or advice you might need.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Berniedette PetiteAndToned


    What version of Lightroom do your presets work with. I have Lightroom 6 (the downloaded version, not the cloud).


    Berniedette | http://www.petiteandtoned.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hi Berniedette,

      Lightroom 6 will work perfectly. We use the non-cloud version too.

      Hope that helps.

      Lloyd & Yaya 😊

      • Berniedette PetiteAndToned


  • Hey guys, just noticed that you’ve used one of my photos here—please can you credit me for it?

    It’s the one with the text overlay, with the shelves full of cameras! This is the blog post to link it to: http://www.adventuringandthings.co.uk/vintage-camera-collection-display-styling/


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey lovely lady. Absolutely, the credit was at the bottom but we’ve re-attached it under your original pic for clarity for ya 😘 Such an incredible camera collection 📸

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Thank you so much guys, I obviously just missed it 🙃

        Hope you’re enjoying Greece! x