4.7Phil Chester Signature Collection Presets // Review
Phil Chester

Phil Chester Signature Collection Presets // Review

4.7GP. score
5Public score
6 Presets (4 Color & 2 BW)
File types
Adobe Lr + ACR

Phil Chester is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Known for quiet intimate moments in his work. His images blend an editorial feel with deep emotion.

01. Overall Look

These presets offer a modern editorial look, concentrating on clean skin tones. Here is a quick breakdown of the individual presets:

  • PC-01 : The main preset, accurate skin tones are the key objective.
  • PC-02 : Similar to PC-01, but with more contrast and slightly more warmth.
  • PC-03 : This preset is best in bright situations, like afternoon sun. It helps retain highlights without crushing them significantly.
  • PC-04 : The go-to black and white, punchy contrast and midtone brightness.
  • PC-05 : Black and white with less contrast, great for taming high contrast situations.
  • PC-06 : Low light version of the color preset, great for boosting underexposed images or images shot after sunset.

Skin Tones

Slightly Warm, clean skin tones.
Photo credit:Matt & Tish

02. Live Edit

03. One Click Boom

These presets didn’t require much tweaking. Entire weddings were edited by syncing a preset across the shoot and making slight adjustments to white balance and exposure if needed. They were easy to use and achieved the looks from the marketing images very well.

04. Technical

These presets are based on Adobe Standard camera profile. The toning is coming from the RGB curves, the H/S/L sliders, and some slight instances of split toning. Chromatic Aberration is removed, but the lens profile corrections are not applied. No grain is added with these presets, though they do look very nice with additional grain.

05. Consistency

The preset pack works well together. You can mix the different color presets throughout a shoot and still have a very cohesive look.
The black and whites also play well side by side with the color, they have similar tonalities overall. Since these presets require little adjustment, consistency from shoot to shoot is high.

PC-03 // Photo: Dylan M Howell
PC-01 // Photo: Matt & Tish

06. Typical Tweaks

These images didn’t need much more than exposure and white balance adjustments, usually a slight warming. They do look quite nice if you add slight grain.

Split Toning
No adjustment needed
Didn't need tweaking
Slight changes
White Balance
Slight warming

07. Strong Points

The editorial feel of these presets mixed with gorgeous natural skin tones make these presets a winner.
Offering different presets to work in a range of light conditions is also a strong move.

08. Weak Points

There is a slight difference in colors between a few camera bodies due to using the Adobe Standard camera calibration. This is fairly typical of most preset makers.

09. Before / After

10. Uniqueness

These presets are unique in both their look, that has been refined over the years by Phil, and their usability.
Offering the presets build to get consistent results across different light situations is a smart move. The pack works well as a set, offering consistent results that would perform over a wide range of work.

11. Value

Coming in at $75 for (6) presets, these are a great value. The level of play from this pack is near the highest tested. They offer skin tones that are seldom matched and a highly refined overall appearance. These presets can make your images look as they belong in the hippest of hipster magazines. Apply for instant tumblr reblogs.

Phil Chester Signature Collection Presets // Review
Good stuff
  • Skin tones
  • Refined hipster look
  • Consistency across presets
Bad stuff
  • Slight knock for Adobe Standard
Overall look
One click boom
Final Score
Based on 16 reviews

5 Users (16 votes)
Overall Look5
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