How it Works

Like-a-Look is a preset for Lightroom that simulates the look of photos taken with classic rangefinders such as the Leica M. Like-a-Look emulates the in-camera JPEG processing used by the digital rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M9.

Color Rendering: All cameras process colors differently. Some digital rangefinders have color signatures that may not be as technically accurate as other cameras when measured electronically, but they give a more realistic “feel” according to many viewers. We’ve analyzed the color profiles of  images to achieve a similar color signature using other non-rangefinder cameras.

Micro-Contrast: The contrast on classic rangefinders images is what gives them that 3D look. Some call it the “3D Pop”. Simply bumping up the contrast will only give you exaggerated photos that no longer look realistic or appealing especially when shooting portraits. We use a method that enhances contrast without creating thick dark lines and unnatural shadows.

Sharpness: Camera sharpness can be attributed to some cameras’ lack of anti-aliasing filter and the legendary glass. Like-a-Look restores sharpness to your images without introducing noise and harshness. A lot of the perceived sharpness is due to low noise, reduced flare and the color shifts produced in-camera.


X1 PRO Presets (30 Lightroom Presets)

This is our first set of presets released based on the Leica X series cameras. These have a completely different look than our our new M-Presets.

ColorMatch

The ColorMatch Preset emulates the color rendering, contrast and tonal response of famous rangefinder cameras

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Natural

Like-a-Look tonal response and contrast with natural color rendering

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Black & White

Different color mixes to get that perfect black and white look

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Vibrant

Good for pictures with subjects that require “pop”

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Portrait

Optimized specifically for skin tones, perfect for portrait shots

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Subtle

Good for JPEG’s that have previously been post-processed

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BlueShift

Adjusts to imitate the blue color shifts found in certain photos

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ColorMatch Only (Stack)

Useful for stacking the Like-a-Look ColorMatch on processed images

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