I was talking to a fellow blogger/photographer the other day about Lightroom and the powers that Lightroom has to enhance your images. Anyway they said they were thinking of doing a before and after on a blog they are planning to set up in the future. There are a couple of blogs that hold this theme… The first one is Stacy Fischer’s – One Photo Focus which is held monthly.. The idea of this theme is that everyone uses the same image and then they submit their enhancements to the image which are posted on Stacy’s blog.
It is a great theme, and I love to contribute to it. Another blogger that holds a weekly theme is Ben Rowe of Aperatur64 who runs the Before and After Theme. I keep meaning to enter this theme but get side-tracked and before I know it… the week has passed and I still haven’t entered. *Note to Self – get your finger out and enter*.
Lightroom is a powerful software programme and the image that I posted above started off as the one on the right and was only created by using Lightroom. Photoshop is something that I am trying to get a grips with but at times I think I have got it and then I fail… I suppose that is all part of the learning curve and I must persist… eventually I will be able to process a photo in Photoshop as easily as I do in Lightroom… with perseverance and a whole lot of hope.
Anyway how I processed this photo, was by using a set of Presets created by Lr Preset Shoppe who started to follow me on Twitter the other day.
These presets are stackable… and you start off by clicking on the foundation presets till you find one you like.. then you can add a lens vignette, clarity, exposure and various other presets… until you achieve the desired effect. One I got the photograph to how I wanted it to look by using these presets, I then did my own alterations.
My next processing technique was to add a split tone effect to the photograph… after I added that I think played around with the hues and saturation in the Colour Panel using the target tool and focussed mainly on the tone of the sky and the trees. My final edit was to add some radial filters to highlight different parts of the photo and then I used the Adjustment Brush to darken certain areas. Basically I did dodge and burning using the radial filter and adjustment brush.
After that I then went to the details panel and increased the detail level and the amount of masking … creating more black and white so that the only thing that was sharpened was the trees.
I would like to thank my dear internet friend for giving me the incentive to do a before and after and to Lr Preset Shoppe for supplying an excellent set of presets.