Time and time again you hear me harping on about Lightroom… I have just downloaded the 5.2 release candidate and have to say.. I love the feathering option given in the clone and heal tool and in the radial tool.
Well today I decided to use both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 10..
I started with this photo…
It was shot in RAW and the focus was on one daffodil.. I liked the photo but the building to me seemed to distract you… and ruin the shot.
So after a bit of cropping, taking the clarity out of the building and adding clarity to the daffodils and playing around in Lightroom I ended up with a colour version that I quite liked.
But I still wasn’t impressed with the building.. so again I reduced the clarity and decided to turn the photograph into black and white.
I added the radial tool to focus on the daffodil and then darkened the exposure surrounding it.
I again lowered the clarity of the buildings.. which is very easy to do in Lightroom.. all you have to do is right click on your pin and then select duplicate.. and Lightroom will then copy those exact adjustments again for you.
Once I got the black and white to to a photo, I think edited the photograph in Photoshop Elements 10… I added a texture to the photo and then removed the texture from the daffodil..
I wanted then to try something else .. so I added an adjustment layer, and used an orange/brown tone and lowered the opacity until I achieved the colour I wanted.
But still something wasn’t right with the photograph and I couldn’t work it out.. so back to Lightroom for a quick crop and hey presto I think I have an image that I am pretty pleased with.
Firstly the black and white version
And now the Sepia coloured textured photo..
I am really enjoying using textures and playing around with photographs.. Photography isn’t just composing the shot and clicking the shutter.. it is all about the processing of a photograph as well.