Discover the presets taking the photography industry by storm.
Presets developed to withstand the full spectrum of difficult lighting conditions photographers face while on-location, allowing you to achieve perfect skin tones at a record pace.
And in the process, we found a new way to approach editing. A method built for speed and accuracy. An editing solution that removes your uncertainty with presets and profiles that get you closer, faster.
02 / 06
I used to be a private editor for some of the top photographers & preset producers in our industry. I've had my hands on every fine-art preset on the market. They all claim to fix your problems, to work for every photographer and for every aesthetic.
Even the top photographers & preset producers were hardly using the presets they sold outside of perfect golden lighting conditions! They were relying on 4-5 preset brands to get the job done.
03 / 06
As I developed these presets, I began to collect data on adjustments based on lighting conditions, in hopes that trends would emerge. At the time I was editing nearly 200 weddings a year, so we have spreadsheets of data that would make your eyes cross.
04 / 06
So what if we could create a well-rounded system that performs best in the lighting conditions we face throughout a full day of shooting.
We completely redefined how photographers use presets. We developed a solution — an innovative technique built for accuracy and efficiency. One that gives you the confidence on where to start, cutting your editing time by over 80%! Once we realized, we did some serious industry research.
05 / 06
The majority of photographers we sampled spend at least 80% of their post-production workflow SEARCHING for the right preset. Applying an average of 4-5 different presets to test which one performs best as a jumping-off point. This is where your editing time is wasted.
We tested them with photographers and pro editors across the country, in every imaginable lighting condition and landscape. And Situational Lighting Presets outperformed where every other major preset producer fell short.
06 / 06
We have systems in every other part of our business... so why don't we use them in the most daunting portion of our workflow?
Not JUST another fine-art preset… they’re a game-changing editing toolkit developed to handle the most difficult lighting scenarios you’ll face throughout a wedding day.
• 18 Pre-Mixed Preset Recipes
• 9 Undertone Profiles
• Intensity-Slider Capabilities
• Access To Our Editing Community
• Sample Edits Available
One of our top FAQs: Will these work for MY style. We like to think of film emulation as a spectrum vs. it's on style. We've curated galleries below based on 4 popular styles within that spectrum to help you envision how these presets perform on your desired aesthetic.
Increase your efficiency by up to 80% with presets that give you the confidence on where to start, with the accuracy to match.
up to 80%
With Presets That Give You The Confidence
On Where To Start, With The Accuracy To Match.
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Not only will we edit test images, we live-record the process so you can see just how efficient these presets will be for YOU.
Studies show that the majority of photographers we sampled spend at least 80% of their post-production workflow SEARCHING for the right preset. Applying an average of 4-5 different presets to test which one performs best as a jumping-off point. This is where your editing time is wasted.
We developed Situational Lighting Presets to outperform where every other major preset producer fell short. Tested by photographers across the country, in every imaginable lighting condition and landscape. And they crushed the competition - every time.
I am so in love with these presets and profiles!!! I have bought so many presets over the years that ultimately left me disappointed and spending more time tweaking than I was spending when I edited by hand. These are a GAME CHANGER!!! Soft, romantic tones, fully customizable strength and lots of great bonuses (to adjust skin tone, greens, contrast, etc.)
I am so in love with these presets and profiles!!!
I have purchased just about everyone's presets! I have them all, but when I saw Mandy Ford and watched the video i was very impressed! I love the whole concept behind how she created these presets to work! They truly have changed my time editing and find that they really work on just about every image I have tested! I go between about three of the top favorites. I find that I need less steps in editing than i ever did before. I would totally say for everyone to give these a go!
They truly have changed my time editing...
Deborah Ann Photography
First wedding of the year with Mandy Ford presets and I'm in love!!! There were 3 completely different locations for the day and the base preset was my favorite when it came to editing. So happy with how they turned out! Thanks Mandy for sharing your knowledge and talent!
I'm in love!!!
Ever wonder why you don't see side-by-side edited film on the other preset production websites? Because a lot of those presets don't come close - especially with a 1-click edit. Even though a true 100% film match is unattainable, we know these presets will meet. your expectations... and fast. See for yourself below...
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How do they Stack UP
Apply the preset based on the lighting conditions in the photo. If it's spotty, 2pm light, use First Look.
If you're stuck with tricky indoor light, apply Bridal Suite. If you're outside in even light, Open Shade will be your go-to.
Unlike anything on the market, these layered adjustment presets were built to precisely emulate Fuji and Portra greens & skin tones.
This means you eliminate 9-12 HSL adjustment clicks for every 1 slider adjustment.
Once Situational Lighting Intensity Preset Adjustments have been layered on the left pane, move to the right pane and make standard adjustments. To refine your image finish the edit by sliding the Profile Intensity Slider to increase or decrease the final image.
For nearly a decade, Mandy has worked as an industry-leading private editor, serving many of the top photographers in the industry.
Mandy utilized her significant editing experience to develop a post-processing solution that helps photographers achieve efficient, accurate, cohesive edits - Situational Lighting Presets.
"I literally use these for everything, and trust me I have tried everything on the market. Of all my presets, these get me closest to my film scans every time! "
VANEssa ROSE PHOTO
These get me closest to my film scans every time!
"These presets are easily the best thing I've added to my workflow. They truly are a one click edit for 99% of my work. I can edit a portrait session in under 10 minutes!"
I can edit a portrait session in under 10 minutes!
"The Mandy Ford Presets really aren't like anything else on the market. It truly is a completely new way of approaching editing. They gave me a simple, objective process to follow, which sped up my workflow, but also took the stress away from second-guessing where to begin with more difficult lighting situations!"
Camila Margotta Photography
A completely new way of approaching editing!
These presets have been tested on hundreds of weddings, by photographers across the country. Ours prevail every single time. No one has invested in research & development the way we have - and we have the spreadsheets to prove it.
Now achievable with situational lighting presets. Throw out every preset you own. This entirely new approach to editing will get you closer, faster...
We've been extensively field testing this method for years, and we've finally cracked the code. Tested by top photographers in the industry on REAL lighting scenarios they've faced throughout the day.
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Created for sun-drenched beach images on Coronado Beach, we found this recipe works well on many lighting conditions. If you love vibrant, bright, clean, and colorful, this is the go-to preset for you. We use this in any lighting condition where you just can't quite define the lighting conditions. A combination of Coronado Filtered Light Profile Undertone + a few basic adjustments).
Created to neutralize the toughest of greens. Our 2 East Coast Classic presets are made for the more classic, true to life light and airy photographer. These presets handle soft skin tones while maintaining rich depth in the shadows. The perfect preset for any hot, grassy ceremony site.
Created to handle the blue-spruce undertones of pines, and blue hazy mountains in the distance. This has a slight magenta undertone to counterbalance wooded images, and performs best in low, even lighting conditions.
Handles difficult mixed lighting scenarios beautifully. Use it in the bridal suite, the groom's room, on details, and anywhere you need your interior images to shine. We planned for this preset to be a "fix" but found it's a well rounded starting point for anything indoors where you need to re-introduce exposure while maintaining dimension.
Classic and effortless, this black and white preset has been honed in to perfection over the course of seven years. It's the last black and white preset we'll ever use, and we have a hunch you might feel the same as well.
Browse our most popular Presets & Profiles, view examples of presets used in various lighting conditions, plus view the entire lineup - all included within your purchase.
If you lost your presets, first try logging into your account to claim your download. If you cannot access your account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and email. you purchased your presets under, and our team can help you locate your copy. Please note: We only guarantee a copy of your presets for 30 days. It is your responsibility to download and keep your presets in a safe spot. We recommend a cloud-based service and an external hard drive.
In order for all features to be utilized at their highest efficiency, the Mandy Ford Situational Lighting Presets are only compatible with Lightroom Classic Desktop 12.0.1 Release or later, and ACR 15.0 or later. At this time, is not recommended to use these presets with Lightroom Mobile or Lightroom (Cloud-Based Desktop App)
In the past, we had to choose between whether we wanted to edit with preset or profile bases. The Situational Lighting Presets are pre-mixed recipes with both a jumping off point preset, and an underlying base preset, and the full suite includes adjustment intensity slider presets to make editing even more efficient.
We've tested these on hundreds of thousands of images over the last 7 years, and have found they are compatible for every brand (even jpg film scans!). What changes from camera to camera? Grain - The size of the megapixel that your camera provides may make grain appear larger if you are on an older DSLR. White Balance - Our presets are auto-white balanced, so if you are on a newer, high-performing white balance camera such as Sony A9, you might prefer the camera's white balance over this preset. We have a simple, one-time fix for this if it's too distracting for your workflow.
Our presets work best on shots that have been properly exposed, or just a smidge underexposed. Though, they handle underexposure like a champ!
A link to this product & installation instructions will be automatically generated once your payment is processed. Due to the nature of digital products, no refunds can be given on purchases of presets and digital assets. This product is non-refundable. If you wish to utilize our testing service, you may do so by completing the form here. Edits are shared every 2 weeks in our Private Community Facebook Group: Mandy Ford Editing Community. Our presets have been extensively tested, and we stand behind their ability to perform in virtually any lighting condition. If you are unhappy with the performance of the presets, we suggest watching our tutorials to showcase how to best utilize the toolkit. Our team is here to help.
YES! You can join our Mandy Ford Editing Community Facebook Group where we test images every 1-2 weeks.
You can submit your images using this link here, and we'll share them within the Facebook group on a screen recorded video. We'll do a live walkthrough of the edit so you can see which preset we used and how efficiently we were able to achieve the look! Don't forget to join the group after you submit your RAW images!
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