Meet the Photographers crafting our new Premium Presets

Photograph of person facing the ocean with half the image showing the use of a Premium Preset.

Image source: Adrienne Pitts.

In our latest release of the Adobe Photography applications we are excited to introduce Premium Presets. Presets are a cool, one-click way to elevate your photo with a great look, but presets are only as good as the people creating them. These Premium Presets are meticulously crafted by a diverse group of extraordinary, renowned photographers. The initial set of Premium Presets includes seven preset packs, each containing 10 to 15 high quality presets. Best of all, we’ll continue to expand the collection of Premium Presets in future releases! Let’s meet the talented people who have created our first batch of Premium Presets.

Portraits: Deep Skin

This preset pack contains 15 presets which work well for photos of people with deep skin tones. These presets were created by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, a documentary photographer with 20 years of experience. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, her work has also appeared in Le Monde, National Geographic, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a member of Kamoinge, a pioneering collective of African American photographers founded in 1963 and is a co-author of the book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Portraits: Medium Skin

This preset pack contains 11 presets which work well for photos of people with medium skin tones. The presets were created by Dario Calmese. Sitting at the nexus of art, fashion, and academia, Dario received his Masters in Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rockhurst University. In 2020 he made history as the first Black photographer to photograph a cover for Vanity Fair with his portrait of Oscar-winning actress, Viola Davis. Dario serves on the global advisory board for Estee Lauder Companies and is a professor at The New School’s Parson’s School of Design in New York City. He is currently a NYC Urban Design Forum Fellow and his show direction for the fashion brand Pyer Moss has been consistently hailed in Vogue and The New York Times as the “best show of Fashion Month.”

Portraits: Light Skin

This preset pack contains 11 presets which work well for photos of people with light skin tones. The presets were created by Summer Murdock. A Salt Lake City, Utah based photographer, Summer is a commercial photographer and photography educator who specializes in children, lifestyle, and portraiture. She is inspired by the quirky stuff kids do, weird and wonderful human connections, pretty light, and the great outdoors. Utah and all of its amazing landscapes is the perfect place for Summer to merge these elements in her work. As an intuitive mom of four children of her own, she’s a pro at walking into tough, high-pressure situations with less than cooperative kids and making her client’s vision come to life. When she isn’t photographing, she’s running and teaching at the online photography school she co-founded.


Hard to describe, but we know it when we see it, the 10 presets in this pack can be used to create a look that evokes the feeling of the big screen. These presets were created by Nikk La. Nikk La says photography changed his life and now he’s inspired and humbled to use the medium to positively affect other people’s lives. Photographing both nature and city life, Nikk uses photography to change how people see the world. He specializes in commercial and travel photography.


Your photos will travel forward in time with the modern, clean look that these presets provide! The 12 presets in this pack were created by Tobi Shinobi. Tobi “Tobi Shinobi” Shonibare is an award-winning international photographer and videographer based between London and Chicago. His work extends from high profile events, to product photography, to architecture, to interviews. Best known for his work on social media, he has an excess of 200,000 combined followers. His passion to push creative boundaries has led to many world renowned collaborations with Audi, Sony, Samsung, and others. Tobi’s work for Moen Kitchen & Bath won “Audience Choice Award for Best Images.” His love for creating and storytelling, has led to his starring in an award-winning documentary, “I Take Photos” and his first solo photo book, Equilibrium, is available now.


Do your photos need a blast from the past? These presets will bring a retro vibe. The 11 presets in this pack were created by Sean Flanigan. Sean is part of the photography team AFFOB, named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine, as well as one of the “30 rising stars of wedding photography” by Photo District News. Starting a career in photography as a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal has led to a gritty and unconventional approach to wedding photography.


Where are you headed? When you get there, I bet you’ll take some pictures, and these travel photography presets will be just the thing. The 10 presets in this pack were created by Adrienne Pitts. Adrienne Pitts is a freelance photographer & creative director with an award-winning career that has spanned across photography and print design. She brings a sharp eye for detail & ability to edit for impact to her work and loves the variety of clients and projects she gets to work with. Her passion is for travel and documenting the people and places she comes across. Portraits are a personal favorite, as they allow her to really get to know the heart and culture of the places she visits.


It’s not just paying customers who are getting some new preset goodness. For those of you who are not yet subscribed Lightroom members, we have some new free Portrait Presets for you as well. This pack includes presets for photos of people with light skin tones as well as people with medium or deep skin tones. These new free presets were created by Aundre Larrow. From his work as an Adobe Creative Resident exploring stories across the country, to working on the set of W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades, Aundre seeks to see the fundamental truth in each human being, regardless of background, culture, or upbringing.