No two photographers are the same ; as individuals with different experiences & perspectives we all have our own unique vision that determines the body of work we create.
Over the past 16 months or so, I have worked hard on achieving a level of consistency within my body of work – on achieving something that communicates my vision to my clients.
However, I believe that “There Is Always More” so I keep my eyes open for tools that might improve my vision. When I saw the opportunity to beta test Rebecca Lily Pro Set III, I grabbed it with both hands. I played about with the beta version, but I was unable to provide any feedback prior to the release. I now have a copy of the final release and here are my thoughts after spending some time with them.
I met Rebecca and her husband Johnny in person earlier this year when they were in London for a photowalk with some other good folks, but this is the first time that I am using any of her products. I reviewed Pro Set III from a wedding photographer’s perspective – all the images used for the purpose of this review were taken on actual wedding days apart from two that were taken during a bridal shoot in Tuscany last year.
My aim was to work with the Pro Set III on variety of images created under different lighting conditions, in different countries and on brides of different ethnicities etc, to see if it is a tool that can I use to assist me in creating beautiful images that my clients will value over time.
The tools that we photographers invest in (lenses, lightning equipment, presets etc) should aid is in achieving our vision.
Is Pro Set III compatible with the way I do things? Can it help me to create the body of work I want? Let’s find out.
* Lightroom is my tool of choice for post processing, so presets play an important part of my workflow – my review is that of the Lightroom version of Pro Set III.
* All images were originally shot RAW on either a fujifilm X-Pro 1 or X100S. There is no editing done to the “original” images apart from converting them into JPEG for comparison sake.
* Pro Set III was then applied to the RAW files and sometimes the included toolkit was used to fine tune the image to achieve the result I was after.
Designed with Professionals & Enthusiast in mind, Rebecca Lily Pro Set III draws on Rebecca’s own experience of shooting digital along with film.
There are 27 presets in total with 3 version of each. The presets are divided into 5 distinct groups:
-Black and White
-Mid Color ( my favourite group)
Included is also a Toolkit with which you can utilise to fine tune the presets to your liking.
The Test :
Here is a selection of images, originals as shot in camera compared to results achieved using Pro Set III
The Findings :
There are lots of presets here, and after spending some time trying them all, I figured out the ones that work best for me and my approach to things.
* For B&W : Matte Light is my pick of the bunch.
* For Color : the Mid Color group (Avalon, Chardonnay, Filmic, Hudson Bay, Kinfolk, Rio) were my favourite – they are simply stunning. They just suited the way I like to create images.
However, just as the Mid Colors are my favourite, I am sure the other Color Groups – Bright Color, Deep Color, and Pastel Color can easily be yours. Your vision will play a key role in the group that works for you.
Here are some examples of the other groups :
Each colour group works well on details such as weddings dresses, shoes, bouquets etc.
But, the most important thing for me was discovering that Pro Set III produced beautiful results on all of the different brides that I used for this review. As someone who works with brides & grooms from numerous cultures and ethnicities it was vital for it to work well on various skin tones ; a result that will please fellow wedding and portrait photographers .
A Win 🙂
As a whole, Pro Set III is an outstanding product with plenty of options to suit everyone’s taste and help them achieve consistently within the body of work they create.
Rebecca Lily Pro Set III is a high quality professional tool which I believe will be a brilliant addition to any wedding photographers tool set.
The included presets are capable of producing images with beautiful tones and authentic colours.
In a highly competitive industry such as weddings, it is paramount to have a set of tools that help you create and communicate a unique vision to your clients and stand out from the rest.
I thoroughly enjoy the results that Pro Set III produces, and I believe that it can become an essential tool in my wedding photography arsenal.