It’s been a year now since we spent a month in France, splitting our time between Paris, the Loire Valley and Provence. The highlight of our trip was definitely the time we spent in Valensole, photographing the world famous lavender fields of Provence. We had to do a lot of research and scouting to find the right place and be there at the right time, so to make life easier for future travelers, we published what turned out to be one of our most popular posts ever, Where to Photograph Provence Lavender Fields. But for us, just getting there with our cameras wasn’t the end of the process. As a follow up to that post, we decided to create some Lightroom presets and Photoshop Actions to help people create images that truly capture the vibrance and magic that they saw and felt when they were there in person.
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If the lavender fields in your photo don’t look quite as colorful as you remembered, or if the flowers don’t seem quite as full as they really were, it’s likely because of the way your camera sees the color and the light, compared to the way your eyes see it. It’s true that photos don’t lie, but they do have a different interpretation of the facts! But diving into photo processing can be a little intimidating for beginners, and time consuming for experts. That’s why I’ve created these tools specifically for editing lavender fields. I’ve edited enough of these photos to why an image of a lavender field might disappoint, and how to get it to where it needs to be.
If you already took a trip to Provence, just to bring home amazing photos of the legendary lavender fields, another $5 is a small price to pay to make those photos look like you envisioned them.
Update: A great accompaniment to the lavender presets is our new e-book, Easy Manual Mode Photography, which will make it much easier for you to capture images that will look good before and after you edit them.
Our New Lavender Editing Tools
The Lavender Lightroom Brush Preset
This tool is incredibly easy to use and it will make an obvious difference in your photos. The fact that it is a preset means that you don’t have to understand much about Lightroom or photo editing in general to use it. And because it is a brush instead of a filter, it won’t alter your entire photo, just the lavender. You can choose from three color tones – cool, warm and deep – and you will have the option to brighten or darken the fields as necessary.
The package also includes a second brush for bringing the color and detail back into partially blown out skies, which are a common problem in landscape photography.
Also included in the package are instructions for installing the preset brushes once they are downloaded and a video tutorial for using them.
The Lavender Photoshop Action
If you are comfortable using Photoshop (or you are ready to become comfortable with it) to take more control over your image, a good Photoshop action can still save you a lot of time when you are editing your photos. This action doesn’t take control of the image out of your hands, it creates multiple adjustment layers on the image that are pre-tuned designed to create the effects that improve the appearance of lavender fields. In the tutorial video included in the download, I show you what each layer is doing and how to turn them on or off and tweak each setting for your particular image.
In addition to improving the color and apparent fullness of the lavender bushes, this action also has optional effects for added lighting effects and environmental changes that might help add the romantic feel you were looking for.
Lightroom, Photoshop and the Adobe Creative Cloud
Lightroom and Photoshop are no longer sold individually. They are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud – a subscription service with multiple levels. The most basic subscription (which I recommend) includes Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC and 20GB of cloud storage for $9.99/month. You can sign up for a month to month subscription or commit to a year of service. If you are taking your photography seriously, or if you are using your images for your website or business, the Adobe Creative Cloud program is a bargain.
Yes, you can use instagram filters for free, but you can do so much more with this subscription. In addition to being a fairly powerful editing tool all on its own, Lightroom is an ideal environment for importing, culling and organizing your photos, which saves you a big headache if you are taking lots of photos for your business. And of course it lets you access helpful presets like our lavender brush.
You can subscribe to Lightroom on its own, but why would you when the package that includes Photoshop is the same price. Photoshop is a much more robust tool for editing your images. It’s design for making any change to an image you might need, whether you want to slightly alter the overall color, remove a distracting object, make the subject look thinner, or even combine multiple images. With practice, you can do almost anything.
You will need Lightroom and or Photoshop to use our presets and actions, so why not give them a try. Once you have started using them, it’s unlikely you’ll ever want to go back. And if you are using them for editing your lavender photos, our presets can not only save you time, they can also be a valuable learning tool for the software in general as you will become familiar with some of the tools available and learn how to use the interface. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
We Welcome Suggestions
If you’ve been browsing through our website and you’ve seen other photos that inspire you, we’d love to hear what editing tips and tools you think would be useful in future releases. Please comment below if you have any suggestions for us, or if you have questions about our Lavender tools and what they can and cannot do. Either way, we’d love to hear from you. Enjoy your travels and take great photos!