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Noble Presets | An Updated Review on the Noble Signature Preset

One of my most popular posts on my website was my first review of the Noble Signature presets. I wanted to check back in to share that, yes, I am still using the signature preset. I am a film and digital wedding and newborn photographer based in upstate NY. I use the Noble Signature preset to help match my film scans from Richard Photo Lab. I find that the preset works best with Fuji 400h, but I also use it to match Portra 400 with a bit more tweaking.

I first wanted to set some expectations and share a few tips to help get the best result when using this preset. So here we go:

  • You first need to understand what good light is and how to properly expose your images. I always use open shade, window light and backlight with a reflective surface to light my subjects.

  • Know what reflective surfaces are and how they impact skin tones. For example, if you are shooting a subject on bright green grass, you will get a color cast of green on their skin tones. I shoot primarily in the Northeast where we have a lot of rain and very green grass. I often have to add quite a bit of magenta to my images to balance out the greens if I can’t find a neutral reflective surface.

  • No preset will be a one click wonder. I often make tweaks to white balance, tone and clarity. I also love using the Noble enhancers. My favorites are 7a Greens Natural and 16 Reception Flash. When I am shooting Portra film I do have to make some modifications to a few color sliders, but I have that saved as a preset to make it fast.

  • I recommend slightly underexposing. Bringing up shadows is easier than trying to save the highlights.

  • I personally use Auto White Balance for my camera.

  • If you are editing against film images, I recommend using the reference view in Lightroom. This allows you to have an anchor reference image to edit against.

If you find this post helpful, you can purchase the presets here or by clicking the button below.

One of the most frequent questions in my last post was to see some SOOC images. I am back to share some more recent work and compare them to my film images.

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature  + 7a Greens Natural+

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature + 7a Greens Natural+

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature  + 7a Greens Natural+

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature + 7a Greens Natural+

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D750 | SOOC with Flash

Nikon D750 | SOOC with Flash

Nikon D750 |  Noble Signature

Nikon D750 | Noble Signature

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature  + 7a Greens Natural+

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature + 7a Greens Natural+

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 | SOOC

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature  + 7a Greens Natural+

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature + 7a Greens Natural+

Fuji 400H | Noritsu |  Richard Photo Lab  + Spot removal of tree in background

Fuji 400H | Noritsu | Richard Photo Lab + Spot removal of tree in background

Nikon D810 | SOOC + Spot removal of tree in background (just being real)

Nikon D810 | SOOC + Spot removal of tree in background (just being real)

Nikon D810 |  Noble Signature  + 7a Greens Natural+ + Spot removal of tree in background

Nikon D810 | Noble Signature + 7a Greens Natural+ + Spot removal of tree in background


Thanks for following along! Leave a comment in below with any other questions! 

And as a housekeeping note, I am an affiliate for Noble Presets. I receive a small referral fee for purchases made through my website.  I appreciate if you purchase the presets after finding my honest review helpful. Only products I fully believe in and ACTUALLY USE will be presented and reviewed on my website. #keepingitreal

Rangefinder Online Article Roundup

As most of you know from my instagram feed and stories, I have been working with Rangefinder Online on photography business related articles. I wanted to do a little recap of what has been published to give you another chance of connecting with a post that may be beneficial to you and your growing photography business.

The Next Natural Step: Branching Out From Wedding to Newborn Photography

In this article, I share three tips on how to expand your wedding photography business to be a wedding and newborn photography business. I like to refer to this as a natural step in the circle of life and love.

Simple Ways to Strike a Healthier Balance Between Life and Your Photo Business

Back when I was a banking technology intern, long, long ago, I had the opportunity to have a 30-minute call with someone who's now the CEO of a big bank. I remember asking how she balanced work life and family life, her laughing and saying she didn’t. I wasn't quite sure what she meant then, but after six-and-a-half years in that industry, seven years running a photography business and three-and-a-half years with children, I get it. It isn’t about balance; it's about prioritizing.

There is no simple answer to how to prioritize your photo business and personal life, but I can share the wisdom I've gained and what I have learned to take into consideration over the years.

Tips to Photographing Your First Lifestyle Newborn Session

There is a first session for every photographer, and this article will help you with yours as you expand or transition your already-existing photography business into newborn photography.

How the Right Studio Management Software Can Save Your Sanity

Shortly after I began my photography business, I started looking around for studio management software. At that time, I had been working as a project manager in NYC in banking technology. The tools we used to streamline the projects we worked on inspired me to look around for tools that could help me do the same with my photography business. I share why I think it is important to sign up early on in your business and how I use my preferred software, Tave, in my business. Want to try Tave? Click on this link to double your free trial.

WEDDING, NEWBORN and FAMILY FILM PHOTOGRAPHER LOCATED IN ALBANY AND SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK. TRAVELING FREQUENTLY TO NYC, WESTCHESTER, NEW JERSEY AND DESTINATIONS TO DOCUMENT LUXURY WEDDINGs and GROWING FAMILIES.











Photographer’s Guide to Holiday Discounts

This is a first for me this year, a little blog post about all the holiday discounts, Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday deals on photography related products that I use on a regular basis. There are MANY more discounts out there, but I wanted to be sure I had first hand experience with the products that I blog about. I will keep this updated with sales that I hear about for products that I use over the holiday season, so please check back!


Noble Presets

I have already written extensively about the digital preset that I use to match my film scans here. Noble Presets are on sale Black Friday for 30% off. This is the biggest sale I have seen since their launch, so take advantage of it in this link. No code necessary.

The Mrs Box

If you haven’t heard about Mrs Boxes, they are a a great addition to your styling kit and come in handy if you want an aesthetically pleasing ring box to photograph the rings in. Hooray for so many colors! On Cyber Monday, November 26th from 12am - 11:59pm PST, all items will be 30% off. Take advantage of The Mrs Box sale here.

Tave Studio Management Software

I have been using Tave since the very beginning of my business and it has been crucial to managing my leads, sending out quotes, invoices, documenting expenses, etc. Pretty much everything a photographer needs to keep their business organized. They are having their annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for prepaid subscriptions going on from November 22nd - November 26th. 16% off when prepay for 1 year, 25% off when you prepay for 2 years, 40% off when prepay for 5 years, and 60% off when you prepay for 10 years. Find out more here.

Pic-Time Client Galleries

Pic-Time has literally been life changing for me. I deliver and manage all my client galleries through them. It is such a beautiful platform and incredibly easy to use! They have 15% off all Yearly Plans from November 23rd - November 26th. You also get one free month when you sign up! Find out more about Pic-time here.

Pixellu Smart Albums

The absolute BEST album designing software out there. It is easy to use and I can design an album quickly and beautifully. It is 40% off until November 26th. You can find out more about Smart Albums here.

Make and Stow

The most beautiful wooden print boxes! They are on sale 20% off Friday, November 23rd only. Use code FRIDAY. You can find the Make and Stow website here.

Sandisk Extreme Pro Cards

How often do you replace your memory cards? The answer is likely, “Not often enough”. Amazon is having great sales on my favorite memory cards. $42.99 for 32GB CF cards and $21.69 for 32GB SD cards (95MB/s), I only use the 32 GB cards to be sure I do not put all my eggs in one basket. I am always writing to 2 cards. My RAW files to the CF card and JPEG backup files to my SD card.

Fuji 400H 120 Case Sale at The FIND Lab

If you are a film photographer, these are the best prices I have seen on Fuji 400H in a long time. 6.10 per roll, but you have to buy it in bulk! 100 rolls. Find out more information on the Black Friday sale here.

Apple 15.4” Macbook Pro

This one popped up in my email this morning from BH Photo and couldn’t believe this laptop was $1,000 off its original price. I paid full price on this bad boy in April. I always go for the fastest laptop due to the amount of editing I do on it. Originally $3,399, it is now $2,399 for a VERY short time. Head on over to BH Photo to check out the Apple Macbook Pro, watch the countdown clock and seriously consider it! Make a note you will need USB C to USB adapters for this computer, as Apple loves to make things super complicated :)

Photo Mechanic

Is culling images a drag for you? Photo mechanic is literally life changing. It is the fastest way I have been able to cull though my wedding and portrait sessions. $30 off of Photo Mechanic through November 26th. Find out more about Photo Mechanic here.

Holdfast Gear

I have been using their money maker dual camera strap for years. It helps distribute the weight of two incredibly heavy cameras across my back. I opted for one WITHOUT the D-Rings, as they are known for catching hair. So don’t forget to note that on your order. On Black Friday (November 23rd), their products are 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY18. On Cyber Monday, their harnesses are 17% off with code CYBERMONDAY18. Find out more about Holdfast Gear here.

Rebecca Yale Flat Lay Styling Course and More than Pretty Tones

Incredibly talented, Rebecca Yale is having a sale on two of her great e-courses. Black Friday (November 23rd) is 30% off with code THANKS30, Saturday (November 24th) is 25% off with code THANKS25, Sunday (November 25th) is 20% off with THANKS20 and CYBER Monday (November 25th) is 15% off with THANKS15. Find out more about Rebecca’s courses here.


And as a housekeeping note, I am an affiliate for Noble Presets. I receive a small referral fee for purchases made through my website.  I appreciate if you purchase the presets after finding my honest review helpful. Only products I fully believe in and ACTUALLY USE will be presented and reviewed on my website. #keepingitreal