Beth Kirby’s Local Milk FREE Lightroom Presets…
If you don’t already know Beth Kirby aka Local Milk, she’s a super talented content creator, photographer, business woman and SO much more. She creates content, hosts incredible retreats and soooo much more. I mean, it’s endless! As part of her business she has created bundles of Adobe Lightroom Presets and she kindly gives two of them away for free, when you sign up to her mailing list. I’m gonna cut to the chase here, these Presets are AMAZING! So good that I’m planning on buying myself a bundle as soon as I can decide which one to go for. Anyway, today I’m going to do a quick review of these Local Milk Free Lightroom Presets and hopefully convince you to go over to her website and download them for yourself. Also, side note here, there’s a lot of free Lightroom presets on the internet, but I’ve never found any of them anywhere near as good as these babies!
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the Light Local Milk free preset. I love the additional detail in the quilting of the Chanel bag and I love the highlights it’s picked up on the velvet chair. The pinks are also much prettier thanks to the preset!
A Little Housekeeping Before We Get Started
If you are new to Lightroom, then I just want to give you a quiet overview. There’s Adobe Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile. The Mobile app is free and there are a few built in presets (mainly to add contrast, grain, clarity etc.) but all other presets up have to upload yourself. You can make these presets, buy them online (Etsy is great for affordable ones, around £3 each or £10 for a bundle) or download them for free if you are willing to hunt around. Personally, I’ve never made myself a preset (it’s a little too technical and time consuming for me) but I have bought a lot of them and downloaded quite a few free ones I’ve stumbled upon online. If you are looking to up your instagram game, then Lightroom Mobile is a great way to do it and between the free app and affordable presets, you’ll consider it one of the best investments you ever made! As for Lightroom Desktop, this you have to pay for, I have the Lightroom Package which is £9.99 per month and I’ve spent a couple of hundred on Presets. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than the mobile version, but if you have a blog or small business, then it’s a business expenses you need to invest in. Presets work on both phone and camera pics, but they have the best effect on camera pics, especially if you shoot in RAW.
Shot using the iPhone 8 whilst I was in Norfolk on holiday! Right hand side image edited with the dark Local Milk preset, I love the way the preset has kept the reds in the leaves but made everything a little less garish and made it feel a little more like Autumn… which is clearly is!
There’s No ‘One Size Fits All’ Preset
Also, Presets are amazing, but they aren’t magic. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ preset, you will need to invest in a few and see which ones fit your pics the best. Some work great for portraits in natural light, others work for evenings and low light, and then you might find you want a different mood for your London skyline pics compared to your weekend beach hut pics. It’s just a case of buying a few which seem to fit your aesthetic and have a play around. Also, once you find a preset which works for your pictures, you might want to add some extra tweaks, adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation etc. and maybe clone out any bits of litter behind you or food stains on your jumper… you know how it is!
Also, for the purpose of this post, I have show the top or left hand side image as completely untouched, straight off the camera / phone and then I’ve applied the preset so you can see EXACTLY what it does to your image with no further touching up or tweaks, I want you to see exactly what the presets do! But of course, you can add further changes as and when you need! Let’s crack on with the review shall we?
Local Milk ‘Light’ Preset
Of the two free presets Beth Kirby gives her readers, this is the one I use the most. Partly because it works for SO many images and partly because I like my photos to be light and clean, which this preset gives me. I know I said there’s no ‘one size fits all preset’ and I swear it’s true, but this preset is incredibly universal! It just makes things pop, it adds depth, definition and just makes colours look a little… cleaner?! I dunno, it’s magic!
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the light Local Milk free preset. The pinks are prettier and here’s more contrast in my face which is much more flattering… I think anyway!
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the light Local Milk free preset. The yellow is taken out of the lampshade and bedding and the vignette adds interest to the wall and there’s generally more depth.
Shot using the iPhone 8. Right hand side image edited with a Light Local Milk preset, Gordon’s face is much clearer and the grass is a softer, prettier shade of green.
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the light Local Milk free preset. The pinks are prettier, I love the highlights on the chair, the colours are prettier and there’s more depth and detail in the rug too.
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the light Local Milk free preset. The wall looks more green and generally less yellow. The highlights in the edit also look so much nicer!
Local Milk ‘Dark’ Preset
Ok, so I know I use this preset the least out of the two, but that’s mainly because it lends itself to photographers who use darker colours and backdrops. That being said though, when I do use this preset, I LOVE the results! I mean, just look what it does to the image below! It’s SO good, (am I allowed to say that about my own image?!) But it’s so good! Anyway, this one is for the darker accounts wanting a little more mood and atmosphere. And can I remind you… this PRESET IS FREE!!!
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 45mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the dark Local Milk free preset. The background is in shadow and so much nicer when it’s darker. Plus it really brings the perfume bottle to the foreground and gives the roses so much more depth.
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the dark Local Milk free preset. It gives my kitchen a little more atmosphere and more of an evening vibe, I wish I had lit the candles though!
Shot using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera with the 17mm Lens. Bottom Image edited with the dark Local Milk free preset. It gives London that moody skyline we all love, adds a little vignette and adds depth to the image.
Shot using the iPhone 8 whilst I was doing my food shopping in a farmers shop! Right hand side image edited with the dark Local Milk preset, I thought this image was so basic and nothing, but with the preset it looks a million times better.
There we have it friends, a little review of the Beth Kirby Local Free Milk Lightroom presets with plenty of before and after shots. I honestly can’t recommend them enough and FYI when you read her blog and join her mailing list, you will become as obsessed with her content as I am and she’s always giving away amazing downloads like her cookbook as well as information on how to grow your instagram (she’s on 750k!!). And if you fall in love with her presets as much as I do, she also sells big bundles of presets which I’m sure you’ll love just as much as these!
This post is not sponsored or anything, I just downloaded the presets like everyone else can for free and I loved them so much I wanted to share them with you all as they really are incredible and I value them so highly I wanted to share them.