Product Review: Greater than Gatsby - Innocence Collection
I love getting to test out new product so I was very excited when Greater than Gatsby asked me to do a product review! I have bought several of their black and white presets before and love the moodiness that it can add to your images. I would like to start this by saying that presets are never meant to be a one-click fix, rather a starting point to get the desired look that you would like to achieve, I would be more than happy to write a second post about how I fine-tune these presets to my personal taste, but all of the images shown below are one-click!
What you are purchasing:
(copied from their website)
The go-to set for child & family portrait photography. Inspired by the success of our #1 selling Photoshop Action set, we created the best Lightroom presets for portraits to produce ultimate child & family portraits. These presets showcase our single-click processing techniques combined with the power of retouching and the ability to create color and light.
25 One-Click Artistic Enhancements
10 Stylized Black & Whites and 10 Bonus Presets
30 Retouch & Artistic Brushes (*Not yet available for Mobile/Cloud CC 2018) (please note that the brushes are not compatible with my computer so I will just be reviewing the 35 presets)
You can purchase this set by following the link here
01- Miss Mary Mack
loved the warmth that it added
02- Leave It To Beaver
for a matte Black and white I love that it kept a lot of the contrast
02- Addams Family Black and white
just a tiny bit of sepia, and less highlights ( notice the shift in midtones in the dress)
01- Simon Says
love the more saturated greens (note the bluer tones introduced in the white shirt, I prefer warmer tones but that is just a personal preference)
01- I Love Lucy BW
LOVE the tones in this.... I personally would up the contrast a smidge more to get that true black in there but look at the depth that is added here!
01- Leap Frog
Love the warmer tones in this ( would definitely want to take out some of the redness in the skin)
01- Rock Paper Scissors
again, love the warmer tones!
02- Three Stooges BW
not as big of a fan of the yellow sepia
02- Bewitched BW
my favorite black and white of the set, look at those rich blacks and gorgous contrasts!!!
01- Hot Potato
again, with just a slight contrast adjustment it would be exactly how I wanted it
02- Little Rascals
01- Sidewalk Chalk
01-Duck Duck Goose
Look at those skin tones!
01- Hide & Seek
I love how versatile these presets are, I think that they give a really diverse spectrum to choose from which is ideal for outdoor work with a constantly changing environment. As I posted before, Presets are never meant to be a one-click fix and I think that Greater than Gatsby has done a fantastic job of creating that foundation. My only negative critiques of this product or the vignettes (but truth be told i cannot stand even the best vignettes, and I only-sort-of-jokingly believe that white vignettes should be illegal) the rectangular shape and harsh corners of Burnt Edges I find takes away a lot from the photo (see below).
That being said, of the 35 presets, I strongly approve of 33 of them (which gives the Innocence Collection a passing grade of 94%) I highly encourage you to check out this collection (as well as their other amazing collections) as I will definitely be incorperating these into my workflow!