Polar Landscapes Lightroom Presets

Northlandscapes Photography
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The ideal workflow for editing landscape and travel images from polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctica in Adobe Lightroom Desktop & Mobile

A glance at my landscape or fine art portfolio quickly reveals that glaciers, ice and snow play a central role in my photographic subjects. Whether in Iceland, Norway, Greenland or the distant Antarctic, I am absolutely fascinated by the surreal forms and the unique color palette of these landscapes.

This product combines all my experience in image editing with Adobe Lightroom and the presets range from realistic looks to high-contrast black and white edits and dark and dramatic looks.

➡️ See before and after examples on my website ⬅️

The presets are specially created for Arctic or Antarctic landscapes where ice and snow are the dominant theme and the color palette is largely reduced to cool tones of blue and aquamarine.

Compatible with Lightroom Desktop and Mobile (DNG presets included!)

All Lightroom presets are included in XMP, lrtemplate and DNG format to ensure maximum compatibility and flexibility across platforms and devices.

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In addition, the presets work best for scenes with cloudy or overcast skies, because this is where the blue in the ice stands out best. But even on snowy or rainy days interesting results can be achieved. The example images on this page should give an overview for which type of polar landscapes the product is is best suited for. If you are unsure, please contact me with a link to your portfolio.

How the presets work

This collection of Lightroom presets is created as a carefully thought-out workflow (similar to my other products) and the 60 presets are grouped into seven modules.

There are 12 basic/realistic looks to choose from, each with a slightly different focus, color scheme and atmosphere. In addition to the primarily realistic looks, there are also five black & white, three high-key and two dark and dramatic looks for a more artistic approach to image editing. Split toning is an integral part of all presets and I recommend experimenting with the different split toning presets and adjusting the strength using the saturation slider.

1. Exposure (13 presets)
2. Realistic & artistic looks (22 presets)
3. Split toning (7 presets)
4. Vignetting (6 presets)
5. Grain (4 presets)
6. Noise reduction (4 presets)
7. Sharpening (4 presets)

➡️ See before and after examples on my website ⬅️

As a first step, the white balance should be checked for all images and adjusted manually if necessary, as the camera often misinterprets bright situations with lots of snow and ice. Also, increasing the exposure in your camera by 1 to 2 stops is a good way to avoid greyish results.

Developed for Lightroom Desktop & Mobile

All presets are compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC, and Classic CC (.lrtemplate & XMP-files included) as well as the latest Lightroom Mobile app on iOS and Android. For Lightroom Mobile, you can choose either the synchronization method via Lightroom on your desktop computer or the installation method via DNG presets.

Also works with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop!

This product also works with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in version 10.3 or newer - that means you can use the presets in Adobe Photoshop, too.

Before and after examples

(The examples on my website give a realistic impression of the presets. Only the basic settings like exposure, highlights or shadows were adjusted manually; everything else is based on the presets.)

➡️ See more before and after examples on my website ⬅️

One image. Numerous Looks.

The exciting feature of this product is that you can choose vastly different approaches to editing a single image. Often a variety of looks can be applied to the same image with great results, as shown in the example images from Antarctica below.

Please keep in mind that after setting the exposure correctly (Module 1) and applying your favorite look (Module 2), you still need to adjust the basic settings of each image before going into the fine-tuning process. In particular, you’ll need to tweak the highlights, whites, shadows and blacks in the Basic panel of Lightroom.


  • 60 Lightroom presets (XMP, lrtemplate and DNG format included to ensure maximum compatibility across platforms and devices)

  • compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC and Classic CC (Win & Mac) as well as the free Lightroom Mobile app for iOS and Android

  • Also works with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in version 10.3 or newer - that means you can use the presets in Photoshop, too!

  • Optimized for JPG and RAW images

➡️ How to install Lightroom Presets

🎞️ Watch quick editing videos on YouTube:

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The bundle contains not only all existing Lightroom preset packs by Northlandscapes, but also all future product releases! The presets are designed for Lightroom desktop and mobile apps* and work on a variety of different landscape types during all seasons of the year.

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  • For Lightroom Desktop & Mobile App

  • Compatibility
    Lightroom 4-6, CC, Classic & Mobile App
  • Lightroom Mobile Support
    DNG Presets also included
  • Preset File Format
    .XMP + .lrtemplate + .DNG
  • For Lightroom Desktop & Mobile App
  • CompatibilityLightroom 4-6, CC, Classic & Mobile App
  • Lightroom Mobile SupportDNG Presets also included
  • Preset File Format.XMP + .lrtemplate + .DNG


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