Repair your dark photos with a Lightroom preset

Written by on January 27, 2011 in Presets - 31 Comments

I feel happy today and you’re all the reason to it.

Sharing is caring and I love it. Especially when I get so nice feedback from all of you.
When I’m happy I become creative, so today I felt I just had to make a new preset for you. I started without a clue on what effect it would create. After some photo browsing through my library, I found some photos that really needed to be adjusted. They were to dark from my point of view…
This preset basically brightens up your underexposed images, adds a little yellow tone to the white areas and finally reduces some noise. It only works good on photos that are underexposed allover the image. (note: The preset is made in Lightroom 3)

Preset in action

PH Repair my dark ones:

Example 2

Repair my dark ones:

PH Repair my dark ones (57710 downloads)
Forgot how to install a preset? Read my post on how to do it…

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If you are a Lightroom lover like myself you probably going to adore this place. It's the paradise for all people who are looking for Lightroom presets. Make sure you subscribe to my posts to be first with the latest contributions. I wish you a very pleasant stay. Regards, Pierre

31 Comments on "Repair your dark photos with a Lightroom preset"

  1. kathy January 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm ·

    love this preset! thanks

  2. Pierre January 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm ·

    Thank you Kathy! I’m glad you like/love it! :-)

  3. Sandy_in_MD January 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm ·

    This will come in handy – thank you so much, Pierre!

  4. Courtney January 28, 2011 at 12:31 am ·

    Is anybody else having a hard time opening this download using Safari (Mac users)? It downloads but says Safari cannot open it. :(

  5. Courtney January 28, 2011 at 12:34 am ·

    Problem solved. I opened it using Lightroom3. :)

  6. Pierre January 28, 2011 at 12:36 am ·

    Great Courtney! :-)

  7. Pierre January 28, 2011 at 12:36 am ·

    Thank you Sandy!

  8. Debbie W January 28, 2011 at 2:18 am ·

    Thank you ~ I’m sure this will come in handy on those days I forget to check my settings. :)

  9. Sergey January 28, 2011 at 8:18 am ·

    Thank you! A good presets! )

  10. Mart Marbus January 28, 2011 at 9:20 am ·

    Thank you.
    Good work.


  11. Linda January 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm ·

    I certainly need this. Thank you so much:)

  12. Luciliam January 29, 2011 at 1:19 am ·

    Great preset, tks. Just a question: I still have lightroom2. Will it work, have the results, as lightroom3? Tks again.

  13. Adam January 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm ·

    Very cool indeed. Thanks so much for sharing/teaching/inspiring.

  14. Pierre January 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm ·

    Hi Luciliam,
    The Preset will work, but the noise reduction might not be as good in LR2 as it is in LR3.
    Thanks, Pierre

  15. Pierre January 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm ·

    You’re most welcome Adam!
    Thanks, Pierre

  16. bycostello February 2, 2011 at 11:37 am ·

    downloaded thanks…

  17. Victoria February 28, 2011 at 7:41 am ·

    Thank you so much for this! I have some precious pictures, too, that need lightening up. This is wonderful, thanks again!

  18. anita March 4, 2011 at 10:12 am ·

    Thanks, love your preset your a wee star for sharing

  19. Thank you March 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm ·

    Really appreciate these presets. Being a newbie to all things digital I need all the help I can get.

  20. Belinda April 5, 2011 at 8:08 am ·

    Ohhh.. you have saved me.. all my pre school pics from the easter hat show were to dark, thank you!!

  21. Winter Hats April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm ·

    very handy presents indeed, thanks so much!

  22. Tycho May 5, 2011 at 7:22 am ·

    Why have a preset voor correcting your lighting mistakes…?

  23. brian May 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm ·

    hi! its my first time to visit your site and i tried downloading your free presets on my mac book pro but its says i have no app to download it… need help… thanks … how can i download your presets and what app do i need to get for it… thanks a bunch guys…

  24. Pierre May 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm ·

    Hi Brian,
    First of all… Do you have Adobe Lightroom installed on your mac?
    Second, what happens when you click on the “download”-button above? Do you get a dialog letting you select where to save the file (You should!)?


  25. 过站 July 31, 2011 at 5:54 am ·

    I’m an amateur photographer from China,I meet your site by accident.I’ve read all your past articles,and I appreciate your work very much.Thank U!

  26. Donna C March 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm ·

    This was a lifesaver. Thanks for creating this preset! Love it.

  27. Pierre April 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm ·

    Glad you like it Donna :-)
    Thanks, Pierre

  28. Maria Reyes September 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm ·

    Hello my pictures that im trying to fix are way darker than your examples. Hope you can still help. Do you have an email so you can see what im talking about. Please and thank you

  29. Pierre September 17, 2012 at 8:44 am ·

    Hi Maria,
    Apply the preset and then brighten up the image even more using the exposure slider.
    You can get in touch using or
    or send an email to [email protected]

  30. Pitch March 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm ·

    Thanks for this preset

  31. Rosie February 9, 2014 at 7:46 am ·

    Thank you for sharing your talent!

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