HOW TO use THE

MNEMBA

presets

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THIS guide IS AIMED AT HELPING YOU understand HOW TO USE THE MNEMBA 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 Mnemba 1, Mnemba 2 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

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 Mnemba 1, Mnemba 2 and Mnemba 3. You may hover over each preset and see a preview of what they would look like if you’d apply them.

Mnemba is a very simple, but powerful preset. Once your base preset has been applied, work your way down the Basic panel including the white balance. Try and shift the white balance so the skin tones look good to you, then progress through the exposure settings to get the overall vibes you’re after. You may need to adjust the vibrance and saturation slightly to get the result you’re after.

Mnemba comes with it’s own toolkit which adjusts the HSL sliders. We have described what they do such as “HSL-Increase Blues”. This is great if you find that a groom’s blue suit is a bit too washed out. 

Mnemba has it’s own set of A.I Masks that will help you push your image to the next level in no time. You may also hover over each of these toolkit items to see a preview of what would be adjusted. They can also have their strength adjusted too with the “amount” slider.

Mnemba looks great even without grain, but we do recommend to add a little bit since it softens the image slightly and reduces the sharp, digital feeling. This is entirely subjective but it’s what we normally do. 

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. 

Mnemba is one of our flexible presets where they look great on lighter, cleaner images as they do on darker, moodier images. With this in mind, we recommend shooting with an exposure that either is metered for the skin or the highlights. If you want to create a dark and moody image, expose for the highlights. If you want to create a brighter image, try and expose for the skin wherever possible. 

Don’t worry too much about getting your White Balance 100% correct while shooting. Yes, it could save you a bit of time when editing but the chances of you nailing it 100%, consistently, is pretty slim. Unless you’re an absolute machine with manual white balance. You can always adjust your white balance and fine-tune it to your liking while editing thanks to you shooting in raw

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. This is a very neutral exposure where the highlights aren't blown out nor are the shadows crunched.
Applied "Mnemba 2" Base Preset
We chose to go for the Mnemba 2 base preset as it added a little more contrast overall. Since this image was taken during the blue hour, the light was very soft which is nice, but can also make subjects feel a little flat at times. Hence the contrast coming to the rescue.
Exposure & Vibrance
We found that we didn't need to adjust the exposure slider, however, we did push up both the highlights and shadows just to bring back a little more details and stop the image from being overly harsh. We also slightly increased the vibrance to help with the skin tones.
Vignette
We wanted to draw more attention to the model's face so we added a vignette. This is a toolkit item found within the preset structure.
Reduce Blues
While this image was taken in the sheer cold of the mountains during blue hour, we felt that the blues were just making this image feel a little too cool. Therefore, we used the HSL adjustment tool to reduce the blues and create a more uniform warmth across the image.
Grain
To wrap everything up, we added our layer of grain to reduce the digital feeling of the image and help soften those harsh lines.
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