Introducing: Escape Presets – Lightroom Presets for Travelers

Introducing: Escape Presets – Lightroom Presets for Travelers


I’ve said it before: I cheat at photography. Oh yes, I LOVE taking LOTS pictures during my travels but – would I stay in manual mode during a walking tour of Paris? Absolutely not. Enter: Adobe Lightroom. There’s absolutely no other photography hack (or blogging hack, for that matter) as critical to getting incredible shots as Lightroom. My workflow is simple: shoot on the go then edit in Lightroom later.

Since adopting Adobe Lightroom into my workflow almost 2 years ago, I’ve learned the in’s and out’s of the program and the editing style that I find most appealing. Great photography is certainly subjective but to my eye nothing beats vibrant, light-filled images that emit joy and wanderlust! Over the past few months I’ve been working on creating beautiful Lightroom presets that will allow YOU to apply this same editing style to your images – with a simple click of a button!

Without further ado, I present: Escape Presets, a portfolio of 12 beautiful Lightroom Presets especially designed for travelers!

Note: For the examples below, the original image is on LEFT, the image after the preset has been applied is on RIGHT. No other changes other than the preset were made to the images! Literally, just one click of the mouse.

1 | Annecy

intended for aiding high contrast shots, opening up shadows & warming tones

2 | Bruges

a heavy dose of vibrance, bold pops of blue & natural exposure

3 | Cassis

wakes up the shadows with warmth resulting with an organic but dreamy finish

4 | Heidelberg

a flash of zing to create an audible POP to your shots! did someone say DRAMA?

5 | Innsbruck

cheeky and multi-purpose, works well for low light shots and lends at hand in brightening whites

6 | Killarney

superb for high-contrast or for giving gloomy overcast days a charge of color and spunk!

7 | Lisbon

bold colors, bright light, an ideal workhorse for turning dull to daring!

8 | Nerja

a go-to in my lightroom toolbox, brightens and cheers in one fell swoop!

9 | Oxford

adds clarity for a quick cleanup along plus a burst of color

10 | Paris

as multi-purpose as it gets, the Paris preset does a number on shadows and color, resulting in a gorgeous but natural shot. My personal fav!

11 | Santorini

a healthy dose of dreamy tones ideal for blissed-out skies and blue hour!

12 | Venice

adds a colorful snap to shots and works to bring back highlights and details that would otherwise be lost

While creating and tweaking these presets over the past few months I’ve done a LOT of research on the Develop module of Lightroom – far, far beyond the Basic panel. The presets are not simple boosts of vibrance and exposure, like some other presets out there do, instead they each consist of custom Tone Curve, Split Toning, and HSL/Saturation settings which result in extra special and extra gorgeous images!

Ready to get started?

Click here to grab a set for $20!

  • Margo, these are sincerely incredible. BRAVO!

    • Margo

      thank you, sweetie! if there’s anyone that deserves a BRAVO around here it’s definitely YOU! keep up the great work, Blog Boss Babe is already a roaring success!

  • Wowee look at you!! This is such a good idea and very well executed!! 🙂

    • Margo

      thank you, sweet friend! big hugs to you over there! 😀

  • Yup, purchasing this tonight when I get home! Love how you described all the presets and LOVE their names! 🙂

    • Margo

      hugs hugs hugs! You’re the BEST dear. thanks so much for already writing that super-sweet review too! xoxo

  • Wow, amazing!!

    • Margo

      thanks so much, dear! I worked hard on these presets so I definitely am so thrilled the finally share them! 😀

  • This is amazing! Lightroom is the first thing I am getting once I get my new computer next month and I now know the next purchase! These are simple wonderful dear!

    • Margo

      Oh fun, a NEW computer?! Lucky you!! 😀

  • Oh my gosh – these look amazing! I love their names too! I really want to buy these, but I actually have no idea how to use lightroom! I think I tried it once before, and just couldn’t get the hang of it! I’ll definitely be looking for some tutorials so that I can get these!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Margo

      I’m right there with ya, dear. It took be ages to figure out how to use it but once I finally figured it out things just clicked. Now I can’t imagine using any other program for photo editing – it’s incredible.

  • Okay, I seriously need to get Lightroom…! These images are great. Thanks for sharing!

    • Margo

      YES, Lightroom has been a serious game-changer in terms of my blog and photography. I’d definitely recommend it!

  • Veena

    These look fabulous, and are just what I need after this trip to Malaysia and Cambodia! Thank you! 🙂 xx

    • Margo

      YAY! glad you like them, sweetie! 😀

  • these are amazing, Margo! Aaaaaand, bought. 🙂

    • Margo

      woohoo! definitely shoot me any questions you might have about installing! 😀

  • Caroline @ After Dinner Dance

    I’d love to try these! Just to clarify, you have to buy adobe lightroom first and then download these, right? And do they work on Macs? Thanks!

    • Hi Caroline! Yes, you’re exactly right – you need Adobe Lightroom in order to use these presets. Once you’re setup there then you’ll be able to load them in as one-click editing layers. I’ve also included information on how to add them to LR in the ZIP file with the presets but feel free to shoot me any questions you might have. 😀

  • I can relate to your post! I’m into photography too but when I’m travelling, I prefer to just explore the place and take photos without worrying too much about the technical stuff! Hahahahaha! Love your presets!


    • We’re totally one in the same, dear! I can’t pretend that I always know what I’m doing when it comes to photography… and heck, some days I’m just not inspired so I don’t even bring my camera along with me. It’s kind of one of those things that I can’t force or else the result is lousy – not sure if you’re the same way!

  • Julia Reit

    hey margo 🙂 I really love the picture in this post and that you can see both in one. The original and the new picture. I am using Lightroom as well but can you tell me how you made these pictures? Would be great to implement them in my Lightroom blogpost too 🙂 thank you, Julia

  • Margo, you are So talented!! I’ve been kind of out of the blogging world for a bit, but I popped on to your blog today and i’m in awe at how amazing you are at networking and creating!! YOU GO GIRL!! xoxo

  • I have literally never used Lightroom before but am starting RIGHT NOW because of these presets. Purchasing right now!

  • I recently bought these presets and I love love LOVE them! They make editing the hundreds of pictures I take an absolute breeze. Cassis and Killarney are definitely my go tos!

  • I’m obsessed with Lightroom Presets (have you see the A Beautiful Mess ones??). Seriously considering these!