Create Beautiful Travel Photos with these Free Lightroom Presets

October 29, 2017
Free Adobe Lightroom presets for travel photos

Need a little help making your photos pop? Download our Free Adobe Lightroom presets for travel photos!

I remember when I took my first photography class, I was probably about 10 years old. It was one of those summer courses put on by the city so us kids didn’t die of boredom (or heat) during those long summers in Arizona. Or, more likely, it was to give our parents a break from hearing us ask every ten minutes if we could go swimming and eat more popsicles. We all lined up that first day of class to take some portraits (which turned out more like mug shots) and then spent the rest of the summer developing them in a darkroom. I took another class in junior high that was more about taking pictures than developing them, and though I continued to have an interest in photography, I didn’t spend much time behind a camera until the last year or two.  

The photography element has been one of my favorite (and yet most frustrating) aspects of creating this travel blog. If you ever wonder why your travel photos aren’t turning out like the ones you see on Instagram straight out of the camera, I’ve realized no ones are. Even with amazing light and the appropriate ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, the digital negative could still probably use a little enhancing.

Creating my own Adobe Lightroom presets has been the best way to develop my editing style and theme and speed up the photo editing process. Though some photos still require fine-tuning, these presets serve as a great starting point for me, and I’m excited to share them with you now.  Check out the before and after for each preset below!

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Laguna Sunset Preset

It’s a Jungle Out There Preset

Into the Woods Preset


Beach Days Preset



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  • Reply Laura October 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Kelly, these are all beautiful!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah November 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

    These are great! I don’t have Adobe Lightroom yet but I’m saving this post so I can get these presets when I eventually do. I agree with you, getting photos you’re happy with is one of the hardest parts for me on my travel blog!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Lightroom has made it so much easier, especially by creating my own presets.

  • Reply Julia Dent November 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I love how these presets turned out! 🙂 They’re so warm and bright!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Amy Poulton - Page Traveller November 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m hearing so much about lightroom at the moment! Hmmm… wondering whether to take the plunge….!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      I definitely think it’s worth it. It’s a great tool where you can do so much. I’m hoping to move on to Photoshop soon!

  • Reply greg November 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! Nice editing jobs in these photos. Btw, I subscribed to your newsletter 🙂 Thank you.

    • Reply Kelly Barcus November 19, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Hi Greg, thanks so much! Love your tips on underwater photography, that’s an area I really want to start focusing on.

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