HOW TO use THE

Kilimanjaro

presets

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THIS guide IS AIMED AT HELPING YOU understand HOW TO USE THE KILIMANJARO presets AND TO GET THE most out of them. WE’LL EXPLORE HOW TO install THE PRESETS, WHAT THE structure IS ALL ABOUT, HOW TO apply THEM AND IN what order AND FINALLY WE’LL SHARE SOME tips FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY THAT WILL compliment THESE PRESETS THE MOST.

INSTALLATION

Installing these presets is the exact process same as installing any other preset into Adobe Lightroom Classic/CC/Camera RAW

Access the Develop Module:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom Classic.
2/ Go to the Develop module.

Find the Presets Panel:
3/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
4/ Right-click anywhere within the Presets panel.
5/ Choose “Import” from the context menu.
6/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
7/ Click on the “Import” button.

Locate the Presets Panel:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom CC.
2/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon next to the Presets panel header.
4/ Choose “Import Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

Access Presets in Adobe Camera Raw:
1/ Open Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) either as a standalone application or within Adobe Photoshop.

Open the Presets Panel:
2/ In the ACR interface, locate the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon or the three-dot menu icon in the Presets panel.
4/ Choose “Import Profiles & Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

the STRUCTURE

The way Roots Presets are structured have been designed to enhance your workflow and not add unnecessary workloads. We have separated the base presets (i.e Kilimanjaro-Heavy, Kilimanjaro-Softer, etc…) into their own sections along with their own specific toolkits. These tools and tweaks help enhance the respective base preset by adjusting certain parameters to fine tune your overall tones.

HSL = HUE, SATURATION, LUMINANCE ADJUSTMENTS
GRADE = COLOR GRADING ADJUSTMENTS

the PROCESS

With each pack having a base/starting preset, the process of using these couldn’t be easier. See below for the process breakdown and why this structure makes it a wonderful addition to your workflow rather than a hassle.

STEP by STEP

Begin by applying any of the base presets such as Kilimanjaro-Heavy, Kilimanjaro-Softer, Kilimanjaro-Muted and Kilimanjaro-Blue Highlights.

Kilimanjaro is all about that warmth and so you’ll likely find yourself pushing up the white balance. Try and keep your overall exposure more on the darker side as Kilimanjaro looks amazing for moody shots.

If you don’t see the previews over your image when you hover, make sure you have “Enable Hover Previews” enabled in your Lightroom settings.

Kilimanjaro has AI masks that come standard with the pack. These are incredibly powerful adjustments that can quickly adjust things like the background, sky and even the subject themselves.

Kilimanjaro has a push of noise reduction already added to the preset which aids not only in removing noise, but in smoothing things out. Adding grain brings back some texture to the image and is highly recommended.

OUR PRESETS AND WORKFLOW ARE FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE ALL OF THIS AS A STARTING POINT, AND TWEAK AS YOU GO ALONG.

ADVICE for SHOOTING

One of the most important things to remember is that a preset, no matter who makes it or where you got it from, cannot fix a poorly photographed image. It starts with your photography first, then the editing. Click to open each point.

It goes without saying that shooting RAW is incredibly important as it allows you the most flexibility when you’re editing. With RAW images, you retain much more detail in the shadows & highlights as well as have complete control over the White Balance. JPEGs on the other hand are considered “finished” images, and therefore have vastly less flexibility. 

Kilimanjaro is one that works best on darker/moodier images as it embraces shadows while keeping details in the highlights. When shooting, look for contrasty situations such as window lights, harsh lights and even slightly under expose your image. 

While you can easily modify your white balance while you’re editing (so long as you photographed in RAW), it’s never a bad idea to get things as close as possible in camera. For this reason, we recommend shooting with a white balance of Cloudy/Shade. These modes bring in a lot of warmth and could help speed up your editing as you won’t need to adjust the white balance as much/often.

Despite it’s name, blue hour is the an incredible light to shoot in. It’s that period just after the sun has completely set and you’re left with this blue remnants of light before the night is fully taking over. During this time, the light is incredible to work with. All you need to do is pump up the white balance (whether in camera or in post) and you’re well on your way.

example EDIT

Here is the entire process from start to finish of editing an image as an example. Cycle through each phase using the arrows on either side of the image.

RAW / SOOC IMAGE
This is the RAW image straight out of the camera. It was purposely photographed darker as to not blow out details in the highlights.
Applied "Kilimanjaro-Softer" Base Preset
We chose the softer version as it brought in a bit more color which is excellent for a dramatic sunset shoot as seen here.
Adjusted Exposure
We brought up the exposure and dropped down the highlights as much as possible to recover all the details. At the same time, we raised the shadows slightly as it became a bit too contrasty.
Warmed it up
We increased our White Balance quite a bit until we got a beautiful golden glow on our bride. Have a look at the rim light on her right side; we wanted this to be a golden feature of the image.
Saturation & Vibrance
We increased both the saturation and vibrance to bring even more color & life to the image.
A.I MASK - Background Darken & Blur
We wanted to help the bride stick out even more from the already busy scene. We very easily used the A.I Mask tool that comes with kilimanjaro to darken and blur the background. We also adjusted the strength of this mask to around 50%.
A.I MASK - Sky Darken & Cool
With the click of another button, we darkened and cooled the sky even more without affecting the background or subject. This brought back even more detail while also stopping things from becoming overly orange.
Radial Mask
As the sun was setting off frame to the right, we really wanted to bring in a bit of that "sunset glow/haze" and found that by creating a simple radial adjustment, with a large feather, warm white balance and reduced dehaze, we achieved what we were after.
Finish with Grain
The last step was to add a layer of grain. We chose to go with the "normal" grain level as it's a nice balance between actually seeing the grain & not having it overpower the image.
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