Rear of Scotney Visitor Centre
To enter Scotney Castle you have go through the visitor centre which is set within the shop. As you exit the visitor centre you are immediately within the confines of New Scotney Castle, that was built in place of the old Scotney Castle.
However today’s photograph is a picture of the rear of the visitor’s centre.
On the right is the original picture that was taken in RAW format and processed through Lightroom 4. The way in which I processed this photo is as follows..
The first thing I did was to find the correct setting for the white balance by placing the eye dropper, which is in Lightroom 4, on the light grey ridging tiles of the roof, which then altered the temperature and tint respectively.
I then lowered the exposure to -0.24 to give the picture an under exposed look.
After that, I lowered the Highlights to -100 and raised the Shadows to +100.. by doing this, it added more detail to the picture.
I then added a gradient exposure filter to either side of the clock tower, but only to sky level… this made the sky look slightly darker on the outside which ultimately draws your eye into the clock tower.
After that I worked on the blacks and the whites… by holding down my ALT key and clicking on my mouse and then moving the slider to the lighter side of the scale… When you hold down your ALT key and click your mouse the image goes black. Then I moved the slider till I started to see the first small pixels of white… I did the same with the Blacks by using the same method (only this time the picture turned white). I then moved the slider till I started to see some definite black pixels (slightly more than the I got with the whites).
I then boosted the clarity and increased the vibrancy slightly, as you can see on the right. By doing this I did find that the grass was too vibrant so to counteract that, with my adjustment brush, I painted on the grass and then lowered the saturation.
As much as I liked the sky, it just wasn’t right, to me it needed that slight touch of drama. So in order to do that, I painted parts of the sky and then then used a pastel shade of orange with the flow set at 75 and painted on the clouds and increased the saturation to 36.
When I was happy with the results, I then added a vignette using the paint overlay option.
One tip I would like to share today with you, is one that I have just learnt today… and that is about removing dust spots and how easy it can be… and it came from Lightroom Killer Tips.. A big thank you to Matt Kloskowski for this tip and for his wide range of Lightroom presets, that are free to download. The presets give you an excellent starting point for your image processing.