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.
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.
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.
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.
Using Lightroom Mobile and an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you are able to apply these presets to your smartphone photos too! This works on Android & iOS, Android smartphones, iPhone and iPad.
Forget about using Instagram filters. Apply these M-Looks Pro presets to your photos and everyone will wonder how you got such beautiful images using your smartphone.
If you are a videographer, we also made LUTs (Look up tables) so that you can apply these looks to your footage as well.
For color grading we recommend a free but extremely advanced program called DaVinci Resolve. If you are using Final Cut Pro, we highly recommend a program called ColorFinale to apply these LUT’s.
*Mobile Support and Video LUTs available only in the Full M-Looks Pro Pack.
Leica M9 Look (5 Presets)
The original full frame digital rangefinder. The M9 used the CCD Kodak sensor, while the newer M’s use a CMOS sensor. Characterized by sharp and contrasty images, 3D pop, smooth tonality. Color rendition does a great job of capturing the “feeling” of the moment and is visually pleasing. Slight push towards red hues.
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The changes between presets are subtle, but more noticeable in certain images.
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Emulate Leica M Monochrom, M9, Q & Film Rendering
- Instant Download after purchase
- Works in Lightroom 6 & Photoshop CS6+ (with Adobe Camera RAW 9.1.1 and higher)
- Smartphone editing using Lightroom Mobile and Adobe CC
- Includes LUT’s (Look up tables) to apply looks to your videos
- Can be auto-applied to a batch of images
- Enhanced-contrast, sharpness & color
- Removes haziness from photos – “3D Pop”
- Works with all cameras and JPEG’s (optimized for RAW files)
- 17 Presets
- Works on Mac and PC
- Works with Lightroom 4 and higher
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I’m absolutely blown away by the outcome and even more amazed with the effort they put into getting it right. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time it must have taken to get this right.
Achieving the look of a Leica is much more than a fade and tone curve.
Eric Llanes // Photographer // October 2016