Announcing New Lightroom Presets

New Lightroom Presets

I really privately announced the Trey’s Lightroom Presets last week, but they are leaking out there in every direction, so it seems strange to keep it a secret here on the blog any more! This is the first time I’ve ever released any Lightroom Presets, and I think you’ll be very happy.

I notice that some people are posting thumbnails of their own creations on the presets page in the comments. Others are [email protected] me on various social networks so i can have a look at their creations. I’ve run these through a ton of my own photos, so it’s great to see how they interact with other people’s photos too.

Before and After Image using Trey’s HDR Lightroom Preset

The “after” image was made with just one click of Trey’s HDR Lightroom Presets. What a dramatic difference!


Daily Photo – Our Galaxy over Queenstown

I took this photo on the evening of the Aurora Australis a few weeks ago. I came up with (BY ACCIDENT!) a new way of orienting the Milky Way so it goes straight up and down. Really, in the sky, it is a little bit tilted to the right. Anyway, here’s the trick.

When you take the photo, have your camera tilted to the left a bit. Then, when you crop later in Photoshop, turn on the “Perspective” checkbox and drag over the upper left corner until it is parallel with the Milky Way. Only people that are good at visualizing photoshop can understand what I am saying here… but I hope it helps!

Next time, I will do this trick by taking the tilted-photo on purpose! 🙂

Our Galaxy over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 17:27:25
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length15mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programmanual
  • Exposure Bias

  • susan ratcliff

    Oh wow! Sooo beautiful – almost like being there! Yes, I saw your presets on a Thomas Hawk photo today! 🙂

  • Ah yes, another from that memorable night… If anyone missed the previous story, they can read my detailed description of the journey here:

  • Casper van Zyl

    I can see and understand how the leak happened,with so much enthusiasm and excitement going on people in general cannot wait to tell there mates, just watching the video and you scrolling through them opened my eyes. The Aurora with the Milky Way
    looks great.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Wow, great photo.

  • Cliff Baise

    That photo is just insanely awesome. It looks like it was taken from another planet.

  • Wow Aurora and Milky Way together, love the way you made the Milky way look vertical. I tired to capture milky way in death valley on couple of occasions but failed to do so.

    I have an international travel coming up and i am trying to avoid it as you will be in NY sometime this month and dont want to loose a opportunity to meet you. Wanted to know if you have any tentative dates on when you are planning for the photo walk in NY

  • Catherine Martin

    Totally amazing view from the lens! Beautiful. And yes, using the presets everyday. Love them.

  • Chris Goodrich


  • Michael Smith

    Unbelievable!! thats such a cool shot!! Well done!

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