Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #21 Landscapes

Yosemite National Park

Another challenge I came across today is one from a blogger I follow on WordPress called Cee Neuner. Her photography challenge is Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #21 Landscapes.


Keep your horizon level.  We talked about this during our composition classes, but unless you want to give someone a headache or a queasy stomach, always level out your horizon.  There are a lot of free applications out there that will help you with that.

Show perspective.  Chris and I went to the Grand Canyon once and were really disappointed. It was a drizzly kind of a day, which flattened out everything we were looking at.  There wasn’t anything in our line of sight to give us perspective, or depth to what we were seeing.  It didn’t look like anything interesting.  I know that sounds plain crazy, but when what you are looking at is so immense, if you don’t have a frame of reference, your brain just yawns and looks for something else to entertain it.

Here are my submissions for this week’ challenge.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park


Wakehurst Place


High Elms Country Park


Taken by Ashley Ryan


Scotney Castle


Old Scotney Castle


Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance

Taken by Bren Ryan


Today in my WordPress Reader I came across a post by a blog I follow by Julie Powell and she had written a post about a Photography Challenge set by Hugh of Hugh’s Views & News called Distance.

So I thought I would enter the above photograph which was taken at Bodiam Castle overlooking the fields and countryside that surrounds Bodiam Castle.  Bodiam is in East Sussex and a beautiful castle to visit.

Whilst visiting Bodiam you can get the Steam Train that runs from Bodiam to Tenterden which we did on one of our visits.  And I am so glad we did, because the countryside is spectacular and breath-taking especially as you pass through the tiny little stations.

Taken by Bren Ryan – After initial Lightroom Edits

For this Photograph I did my basic edits in Lightroom, and then exported the photo to ON1 Photo and used a Scott Davenport Preset in ON1 Effects and altered the textures slightly… After I re-imported it back into Lightroom I then went into Photoshop and added another texture to the sky elements and then back into Lightroom again, for a few radial filters and some adjustments using the Local Adjustment Brush.  My final edit was to add a small vignette.

I really do like to participate in  the photo challenges set by other bloggers, I enjoy seeing the photographs taken by other bloggers and a photography challenge is just that… a challenge.  A challenge to find the right photo for the theme of that week, which could involve you having to go out and find the perfect shot for the challenge.  And thank you Hugh for hosting this challenge.

Monochrome Madness: 3-6

Taken by Bren Ryan

Honestly I can’t believe I’ve managed it twice in a row… this Google reminder is excellent… anyway here is my contribution for this weeks Monochrome Madness curated by Leanne Cole.  The photograph is of the country road that runs alongside Battle Abbey in East Sussex and down towards the fields where the 1066 Battle was fought.

Hydrangea in Bud

Hydrangea in bud

Final Image


Normally I never shoot unless absolutely necessary in a ISO higher than 200… the above image was shot with an ISO of 400.. and there was some noise to the photograph.  Initially I thought I might bin it, but decided to play around with some Presets I have from Serge Ramelli – Golden Age and Western Bright.  I applied the Golden Age preset first and then the Western Bright.


Hydrangea in bud


When I applied the second preset, it caused the Radial Filters of the first preset to be overridden.  But by luck the two Graduated Filters that were created with the initial preset remained.   To these Graduated Filters I added another with a Blue Colour.

After that I re-positioned the Radial Filters to highlight the certain parts of the flower I wanted to brighten up.  I then added another Radial Filter which darkened the outside edges of the photograph.

As there was Split Toning applied with Western Bright preset, I played around with the Toning Hues and Saturation and the balance, until I achieved my desired look.  After that I decreased the Vignette in the Effects Panel and played around with the Dehaze slider.

There were a couple of little blemishes I didn’t like so with my Spot Removal Tool set to Heal I removed those blemishes.. and that was it, my next step was to export my photograph ready for uploading to the web, with my Watermark neatly positioned in the bottom right-hand corner.

Deer Little Faces

Taken by Bren Ryan


Face is this weeks subject for photo challenge set by WordPress Daily Post. And so I thought I would create an oil-looking painting in Photoshop of a photograph that I took at Knole, near Sevenoaks in Kent earlier this year, of these lovely little deer faces.

Soft and Beautiful

Ivory Flowers

Taken by Bren Ryan

When we visited San Francisco last years, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers in the Golden Gate Park… I have never seen such beautiful flowers… truly exquisite and delicate looking petals.

Ivory Flowers

Taken by Bren Ryan – SOOC

As you can see from the picture on the right…which is SOOC there is a dark mark and a very distracting background.  So the first thing I did in Lightroom was to crop the image to remove some of the background.

I then used the ‘Spot Removal Tool’ to remove that dark mark on the right hand side of the photograph.  After that I applied a Preset from Serge Ramelli called ‘SFX American Night Dark’.  I then played around with the sharpening and noise reduction in the ‘Details Panel’ and I zeroed out the ‘Grain’ which was automatically applied with the preset.  After that I played around with the ‘Balance’ in the ‘Split Toning Panel’ and then added a small ‘Radial Filter’ to one of the flowers where I increased the exposure and clarity slightly. I was happy with the results so I didn’t do anymore edits to the photo, except to add the ‘Watermark’ to the bottom left hand corner.

Reworking a rose

Rose from Sheffield Park Gardens

Rose of Sheffield

I thought I would rework a rose.  As I haven’t got my external hard drive here at the moment, and am using my laptop, I had the original blog photo in a folder in Google Drive, so I opened that in Photoshop and used only Photoshop for my edits. I started by duplicating the layer and altering the saturation and lightness of the red colour by using a ‘Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer’.  I then played around with the level by using a ‘Levels Adjustment Layer’.  Once I achieved the desired result my next thing was to crop this rose to create a more pleasing composition.  After I added my crop certain parts of the crop had transparent pixels.  I easily corrected this by creating a new layer and filling it with black using ‘Paint Bucket Tool’.  I then moved this layer to below my ‘Background Layer’.  Once I was happy with these edits I then clicked ‘CTL+ALT+SHIFT+E’ to merge all my edits into a new layer without merging the layers.  In this new layer I added a ‘Camera Raw Filter’ and added some ‘Radial Filters’ one to give a darker edge to the photo and less saturation and one to enhance the centre of the rose and add more ‘Clarity’ to the centre of the rose.  Once I was happy I saved the file, both in ‘PSD’ and ‘jpeg’ format.

My favourite tool – the crop tool


Taken by Bren Ryan

I don’t know about you but there are times when you think you have taken the perfect shot, only to find when you are back home and importing your photos into Lightroom that the image you’ve just imported it is not what you envisaged when taking the original shot.  The composition is all wrong and you have not taken another photograph of the subject.  That photograph could end up in the bin or just sit there on a hard-drive never to see the light of day.


Taken by Bren Ryan – SOOC

Take for instance this photograph on the right… the rose is totally in the wrong place.  And yes it would have ended up in the bin or sitting there all along if it had not been for the crop tool in Lightroom.

The crop tool can be your friend, especially if you have the guide overlay set to what ever aspect ratio you want, if you don’t want to use their presets by going to Choose Aspect Ratio.

crop tool overlay

In Lightroom you can pick your guide by first clicking on the Crop tool and then going to Tools, Crop Guide Overlay, and selecting your Aspect Ratio.  As you can see mine is set to thirds, as this is the overlay that I feel more comfortable with and use for all my processing.

Another aspect some people like to use is the Golden Ratio, which is excellently described on Leanne Coles old Blog site in a post written by Sarah Vercoe.

Whatever guide you use.. you can still achieve some great results. Now back to my original image.  As the post was going on my website it really didn’t matter whether I kept the original Aspect of the shot locked or not.  But if you are printing your photos, just remember to check your sizes before clicking on the padlock.  The last thing you want to do is crop your photograph, do all your processing only to find when you print it, there is a huge border either on the side or the bottom.  To unlock the padlock in Lightroom, just click on it, once you have selected the ‘Crop Tool’ in the ‘Develop Module’.

Below is a cropped version of my rose using the same aspect ratio as the shot.

Cropped to original dimensions

As you can see, the Padlock is locked and I have put an angle on the photograph.  A quick tip if you crop in landscape mode and you want to make it portrait, just hit ‘x’ on your keyboard and that will change it crop. If you don’t like the new version after hitting ‘x’ just hit ‘x’ again and it will revert it back to landscape mode.  Or vice versa, should you originally crop in portrait mode.

As my photograph was being used for the web, I decided to unlock the padlock and choose my own dimensions for the crop.

cropped to non-original dimensions

Cropped to a different ratio of photograph

Finally when I finished my cropping for this photograph I added my B&W Soft Preset, and added some radial filters.

The crop tool is your friend and even if you don’t like the whole of the photo.. sometimes by using the crop tool there is an element of the photograph you can possibly crop and use for processing.  Like in this instance you don’t have to show the whole flower, just the parts that make a more pleasing composition.

River Reflection

River Reflection

Buildings on the River Medway at Maidstone

Today I read a tutorial by Leanne Cole about reflections and how to add them to your photographs. So I thought I would give it a try with a photograph we took back earlier this year when we visited Maidstone.

Swanning around on my own



Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake.

Swanning around


My first job was to crop the picture to make a more pleasing composition. In the ‘Basic Panel’ I increased the exposure, lowered the contrast, brought down the highlights and shadows.  I lowered my Whites and blacks. and decreased the clarity.

This gave me the soft feel to the photograph, however there were some ripples that gave faint black lines… so to remove them I used the ‘Spot Removal Tool’.  After that I added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to the image, one to increase the exposure of the swan and the other to give a vignette feel.  I then converted the image to black and white by selecting B&W in the ‘HSL/Color/B&W panel’.  After that I then played around with the colour sliders in the B&W part of the panel until I got what I liked.  I then did some sharpening in ‘Details panel’ just to highlight the edge of the swan, I then did some noise reduction and added a small vignette in the ‘Effects panel’.  Other than that I did no more editing on this photo and I like the soft looking feel.

Monochrome Madness – 3-5

This week I set up a reminder to enter Leanne Cole’s weekly photograph challenge of Monochrome Madness.  It is a weekly theme where you can submit a monochrome photograph and Leanne will host it on her blog.  My picture for this week is from Nymans in West Sussex….

Surrounded by Bluebells

Surrounded by Bluebells

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Today I watched a video that was created by Laura Macky about replacing colours in an image.  And it was one from her expanding horizons tutorials.  I had never thought about using colour range to change parts of an image.   So I thought I would give it a go.  So first of all I did my usual edits in Lightroom by opening up the shadows and bringing down the highlights, finding my black and white point, adding some vibrance, saturation and clarity in the ‘Basic Panel’.



I then went to my ‘Lens Corrections Panel’ and ticked the boxes ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ and ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’. After that I went to my ‘Camera Calibration Panel’ and selected one of the profiles for my camera.  For this photograph it was the ‘Landscape Profile’.

After that I exported my image to Photoshop and then I followed the instructions in the video by Laura and changed the colour of the trunk of the tree.  I then changed the ‘Levels of the photograph by using a ‘Levels adjustment layer‘. Once I did that I then did the same with the colour of the bluebells except that I didn’t do another ‘Levels adjustment layer’. There were a couple of areas I didn’t like the leaves so I used ‘Spot Healing Brush’ to rectify those areas.

Once I was finished in Photoshop, I exported the photo back into Lightroom and played around with the sliders in the basic panel a little more.  After that I added ‘Graduated Filter’ with a cream tone by clicked on the grey area just beside the photo, so that the cream tone applied to all of the photo. I then did some ‘Dodging’ and ‘Burning’ using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush’ and then added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to lighten and bring up the clarity in certain parts of the photo.  After that I added a small ‘Vignette’, did some ‘Sharpening’ and ‘Cropped’ the photo to the size and composition I wanted.

Something Different

Julie Powell who supplied the photograph for this month’s photography challenge, has on her blog, a tutorial for creating twirls.  It was by luck that I found this tutorial.  And luckily Laura Macky decided to use this technique for her entry to this month’s challenge.  So I thought I would give a go with this photograph

Taken by Ashley Ryan

And here are the various blend modes that I like …

Linear Dodge (add)








Pin Light



I think screen is my personal favourite… and I will be doing this technique every now and again.

One Photo Focus – May

Photography taken by Julie Powell and edited by RyanPhotography

It is that time of month again, when we enter the monthly Photo Challenge held by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing… called One Photo Focus. I wanted to create a dreamy looking photograph to this wonderful house.. so I did my basic edits in Lightroom and lowered the clarity to achieve the dreamy, soft looking photo… I played around with the exposure and contrast and then I sent the file to Nik Silver Efex where I applied a preset to the photograph and a control point over the arches of the door.

After that I then edited the file in Photoshop to add a sunburst in the top left hand corner and then sent the photo back into Lightroom where I did some dodging and burning and added a slight vignette.

Cala Lily

Cala Lily

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above picture is of a Cala Lily which was taken at Quex Park in Birchington, Kent. The grounds and gardens are beautiful at Quex Park and there are plenty of picnic areas and places for kids to run around.  And after you’ve visited Quex Park it isn’t too far to the beach… and on a bright, hot sunny day there is nothing like a paddle in the sea.

Cala Lily


The original as you can see had rather a lot of black blemishes on it.. and a wasp and bug that were lurking in the centre of the flower… so I sent the photo to Photoshop direct from Lightroom and using the ‘Spot Healing Tool’ I removed the black blemishes and the tail of the wasp and black bug.  After that I made ‘Black and White Adjustment Layer’ and I made the layer mask black by using ‘Control + I’ and then I painted away the parts  where I wanted the black and white.  My next task was to add a ‘Level Adjustment Layer and adjusted the levels.

After that I then sent the photo back into Lightroom where, I removed a couple of more blemishes I found and then I added some ‘Radial Filters where I increased the exposure in certain parts.  I then added another ‘Radial Filter’ where I unticked the ‘Invert Mask’ box and lower the exposure and reduced the clarity slightly.  After that I cropped the image to the size I wanted and then added a small vignette.


Grazing -IMG_4184-Edit

Taken by Ashley Ryan

When we went to Great Dixter in East Sussex on Saturday, just by the car park was this field that was full of grazing sheep.  I view was spectacular so I asked him indoors to do a panoramic.  So he took 10 shots for me so that I could create a panoramic photo in Photoshop.



In order for me to create this panoramic I exported these 10 photos from Lightroom to Photoshop to create this panoramic.  I could have created my Panoramic in Lightroom but there was some edits I wanted to do in Photoshop, so it was easier for me to allow Photoshop to create the panoramic.

Whilst in Photoshop I did a quick lens correction once the final photo was created and as you can see the sheep had numbers on them… and I didn’t want this so I used the ‘Spot Healing Tool’ to remove the numbers on the sheep.  As there was a vast amount of space in the foreground I copied and pasted one of the sheep onto a new layer and then flipped the sheep to face the other way.  Using the ‘Transform Tool’ I moved the sheep so it looked like it was standing on a bank.  Once I was happy with this I then sent the photo back into Lightroom to do my adjustments.


Taken by Ashley Ryan

Basic Panel - 4184

Once it was back into Lightroom, I then opened up the shadows, brought down the highlights, adjusted my black and white points and then added some clarity and reduced the saturation and played around with the temperature and tint sliders.

Split Toning - 4184

I then added some split toning and for these settings I used the same values as a Preset by Serge Ramelli.

Finally I added some radial filters, played around with the sharpening and noise reduction in the details panel and then played around with the masking levels..

I also added a graduated filter to they sky to where I increased the exposure to 0.41 and moved the temp slider to 37 and the tint slider 61.

graduated filter

My final edit  was to add a graduated filter to the right hand side of the picture, but instead of placing the filter on the photo itself I added it to the grey background and this ensured that only the final part of the graduation affected my photo.  For the graduated filter I used a colour to enhance the colours that were already there.

I really enjoyed playing around with this image, and it is amazing what you can achieve in Lightroom…. and for just under £9 a month, I wouldn’t be without it.  I am also finding that by using Photoshop more and more, I am to getting to the stage where it doesn’t frighten me to death.

Second attempt of a silhouette



Taken by Bren Ryan

Well the above is my second attempt at a silhouette photo.  You see I have a Photoshop book that gives you projects to do.. and one of those projects was silhouettes..

I followed the books instructions of finding two photographs to use for the silhouette. My first photograph was on Canary Wharf in London.  I was looking for a photograph where the buildings would stand out on bright sunset.

New ForestThe image that I used for the sky came from a sunset taken at the New Forest in Hampshire.

Once I had found my two images I loaded them as layers in Photoshop… next to follow the instructions of selecting all the sky … my book said use the magic wand but I just selected all the sky with the quick selection tool.  Then I went to the Select Menu in Photoshop and clicked modify and selected expand. I change the figure to 1 px.  Then I went back to the select menu and clicked modify and selected feather and used a setting of 0.5 px.


My instruction book told me to then use Control + Shift + I to inverse the selection and then create a new layer and select Edit and Fill it with black (Layer 1).. as you can see by the picture on the right it made the river black and as well as the buildings so instead of using that method I just used Control + C and then pasted my selection into my new layer mask (which is called Layer 3).

Silhouette LayersI then added a vibrance adjustment layer to the sky image, clipping it the sky layer and I did the same again for the exposure and hut/saturation layers.  On the exposure layer I then masked out some of the exposure.

As I was only using the Layer three which was a copy and pasted selection of the buildings, I had to make the buildings go dark.. I used an exposure adjustment layer and then removed some of the darkness from water by using a layer mask.

I tried to darken the buildings by using a curves adjustment layer but again I didn’t like the effect it gave me.. so I opted to use a levels adjustment layer.

I then added a new layer and filled it with 50% grey and I set the layer blending style to Overlay.  I then did  some minor dodging and burning.

I then added a gradient filter using a deep blue and gold tone and applied it to the river area.  I set the blending layer for this to soft light.

Once I was happy I imported my photo back into Lightroom, added a vignette and then added more yellow (using the temperature slider) to the whole image, the setting being +14

This is the first silhouette I have done… and it may not be perfect.. but it gave me an opportunity to really try something new in Photoshop.

Surfer Girl

Taken by Bren Ryan

Tonight I thought I would try something completely different… I wanted to push the limits and process a photo in a totally different style to what I normally do. The first objective was to find a photo to use … and I chose the above photograph which was taken back in September 2014 at Joss Bay…

Taken by Bren Ryan – SOOC

As you can see from the photograph on the right which is SOOC, there were some elements I wanted to remove, mainly the ship on the horizon and all of the surfers except for the girl that is just about to enter the water.

I started off in Lightroom and exported my photo into Photoshop, where I used the ‘Spot Healing Brush’ and ‘Patch Tool’. I already knew preset I was going to use once I returned the photograph back into Lightroom as I had already applied the preset before I sent it to Photoshop to see if that is what I wanted to create.

Taken by Bren Ryan – Preset Test

So I reset my photo, sent it to Photoshop and removed the objects I didn’t want. Then I re-imported the photo back into Lightroom and applied the preset I had chosen, which was one created by Serge Ramelli called ‘Tone: Bleak Mountains’ which comes from his Landscape collection.

I like the midnight blue tones of the preset.. but it wasn’t what I wanted to achieve.. so I altered the radial filter to remove the red tone that is in the clouds. I lighten certain areas down and reduce the clarity of water using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush. After that I added another radial filter to highlight the water and surfer girl… I then did some more dodging and burning on the cliff face. And I added some clarity to the buildings.

What I like about the final image is the midnight tones to the picture… Using another person’s presets, some might think, is cheating.. but I like to alter them to suit my style… I play around with the basic settings and any settings that are used via the radial filters and local adjustment brushes.

Sometimes it is nice just to try something new… and I thoroughly enjoyed processing this photo.

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was taken at Merriment Gardens in East Sussex.. earlier this month… as you can see there are a couple of trunks that distracted your eye away from the tulips… so my first job in Lightroom was to clone those out using ‘Spot Removal Tool’.  After that I then cropped the image to the size I wanted.

My next set of actions was to do my edits in the ‘Basic Panel’ and for this I lowered the highlights, increased the shadows, added some contrast, decreased the exposure and found my white and black points.  After that I added some Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation.

In the ‘Tone Curve’ panel, I used a medium contrast setting and then went to the ‘Colour’ panel and played around the Luminance of the reds. I then added some ‘Split Toning’ using a golden colour for the highlights and a very blue/grey for the shadows.

Finally I added some detail and played around with the masking slider to only get the detail in the areas I wanted in the ‘Detail Panel’.  Then I did my usual ‘Lens Corrections’ by ticking the Profile and Remove Chromatic Aberration boxes.  After that I added a vignette in the ‘Effects Panel’ and then in the ‘Camera Calibration Panel’ I left the profile to Adobe Standard.

After I did those edits (as pictured above) I then added some radial filters to increase the exposure on the tulips themselves… for this I created three radial filters each one focussing on a different tulip.

Beautiful in White – Flower

White flower

Last year we visited Quex Gardens near Birchington in Kent… and I took this picture of a white flower that was planted within the walled gardens.

Taken by Bren Ryan

The exposure was all wrong and it was far too bright and I didn’t like the green leaves in the right-hand corner. So today I wondered if I could correct this in Lightroom… First of all I altered the exposure to make the image darker, increased the clarity and opened up the shadows and took down the highlights. I then cropped the picture..

One of the leaves had a blemish in it, so by using the ‘Spot Removal Tool’ and the clone setting I fixed the petal by using one of the petals below. I added a ‘Radial Filter’, and played around with the contrast, clarity and exposure sliders.. I then duplicated it a couple of times and slightly moved the centre of the radial filter.

The using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush’ I added some slight brush strokes in the centre of the flower to increase the clarity slightly. Once I did that I then sent the photograph to Photoshop, where I used the ‘Patch Tool’ and the ‘Content Aware’ setting and removed the green leaves in the right-hand corner. Once I did that I then sent the photograph back to Lightroom, where I added a vignette and another radial filter to the centre of the flower. There were a couple of little spots I didn’t like on the flower so again using the ‘Spot Removal Tool’ and the Heal setting I removed those blemishes. I then added some sharpening using the ‘Detail Panel’ and masked the areas where I wanted the sharpening to be.. I then did noise reduction and hey-presto I got an image that I quite liked. I didn’t think that I would be able to achieve this due to how exposed the original photo was.

Hever Castle in Kent

Hever Castle
Hever Castle

Hever Castle

The above image is the final image which was mainly processed in Lightroom… however I did go to Photoshop to remove some elements of the photograph which I found distracting.

Taken by Bren Ryan

The picture on the right is the one straight out of camera… I started off by adding a Preset by Serge Ramelli called ‘B&W: Complexed Lighting’ from his ‘Landscapes’ collection of Presets.

Hever Castle

This gave me a black and white version (which is pictured on the left). I liked the black and white version which I think has a nice lighting effect, however, I wanted my final image to be in colour.

To achieve this I went to the ‘HSL/Color/B&W’ panel and changed it from B&W to colour. After it was converted to Colour I then changed the saturation of the Orange and the Yellow… by decreasing the saturation.

I then ticked the ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’ and ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ boxes and let Lightroom automatically correct the Upright Prospective by clicking on ‘Auto’.

Taken by Bren Ryan

I then sent the photograph to Photoshop where I removed the people that were standing on the draw bridge by using the ‘Patch Removal Tool’. I then saved the photograph and sent it back to Lightroom… I could have gone further in Photoshop by adding a cloud overlay but that would have taken away the lighting effect of the sky that was included in that Preset and it was that lightening effect that drew me towards that Preset in the first place.

Once the photograph was back in Lightroom I then added a couple of radial filters to lighten certain areas of the photograph.. mainly on the castle and the big patch of grass. Upon doing that I decided I didn’t like the flagpole so I removed .the flagpole and flag using ‘Spot Removal Tool’.

Also there was a blue and white umbrella thing just by the bench and I removed that again by using the ‘Spot Removal Tool’.

After I did that I then lightened up a couple of areas using the ‘Local Adjustment Brush’ and then I decided to add some split toning to the picture, which gave me my final image.

Creating Export Presets using your Watermarks for the web.

Now you have created your watermarks using this tutorial it is time to create your Export Presets.

Go to one of your photos in the Library module and right click, Select Export and Export (as highlighted in blue)

Right click

This will then bring up the export box

The first take in the Export Location box is to decide which folder you want your exported photographs to be saved in

Export to menu

For this tutorial I want my exports to go to one folder.. so I select Specific Folder where I want to save my folders

Export Location

I don’t want that folder to be added to my Catalogue in Lightroom room so I make sure that box is not checked.  And as I do not want to use a folder within a folder again I don’t put a check mark in the Put in Subfolder box.

Next is the File Renaming section.

Up until recently I did not check this box.. but upon reading a post on a blog the other day, someone said that Google doesn’t like reading picture file numbers, so they rename their files to include the words of the subject.  So I have now decided to rename my photographs.

Now this is where your filename and title as discussed in the previous tutorial comes into force.

Check mark your File renaming box and on the drop down menu select edit.

Rename to Edit

Click on Edit and the Filename Template Editor will pop up

Filename Template Editor

In the box delete {Filename} and using the insert buttons select Title (space) Filename

tile and file name

Next on the dropdown menu at the top and select Save current settings as a new Preset

Save current settings as a new Preset

A new box will appear to name your preset

naming new preset

I have called mine test filename and then click create and then done.

Then in the file renaming box click your new preset name

renaming box

The next setting is called File Settings

File settingAs my photos are going on the web I select jpg format and sRGB

In the next box I resize my images again using the drop down menus.  For the web I find 1000 pixels in adequate.

Image sizing

The next box is Output Sharpening

I select screen if I am posting on the web and then standard amount.

Output sharpening

The next box is Metadata

I want to include my info… of who took the photograph etc… I want RyanPhotography set as the copyright so I make sure that those boxes are not checked.


 Next comes the Watermarking and this is where you use your Warmark template as created in the previous tutorial.


The final box Post Processing I always leave as Do Nothing.

Post processing

Now before I click export, I want to save this export as a preset for any future photos I want to put on my blog so I click on Add on the left hand side

add preset

 Once I click Add a box will appear to name my new Export Preset

naming preset

I will click create and my new preset will appear under User Presets.

After I have created my Export Preset I then click Export and my photograph already for the web will appear in my selected folder with my watermark added.

New Preset in User Presets

So the next time I want to export another photograph using the exact same details I then go to my photograph right click select export and then the preset I have just created.

Export using preset

And Lightroom will automatically export my photograph.

Earlier on in this tutorial I spoke about creating Presets for various locations on your photograph… I use left bottom and right hand bottom for mine.  So if you do create different watermarks for where you want your photographs a quick tip in creating another export preset for your watermark to appear somewhere else.. is to right click on your photo and select Export and then Export like we did at the beginning of this tutorial.

Right click

Go down to the watermarking box and select your other Watermark Template that you created and then click Add and name your new Preset

add preset

Then click add and save your new Preset like you did before.

Export Preset - Right hand botton

As you can see I have presets set up for various things

Export using preset

An the two I use mainly are Export – WM – RB for exporting a photograph for web use with the watermark on the right bottom and Export WM – LB for exporting for web use with the watermark on the left bottom.

I hope this tutorial has helped you to create Export Presets to make it easier for you to export your images for use on your blog.  Export Presets can be used for anything… just play around with the settings in the Export Panel and you can create presets for printing.. for the web… for absolutely anything you choose to do.


Watermarking Your Photographs in Lightroom

Lightroom Edits

I thought I would create this tutorial, simply because a friend of mine had asked for advice on how to watermark and export their photographs in Lightroom and what I do when I export my photographs.  First of all I start in the Lightroom Library panel and the first thing I look at is the File Name.

As I use the file name when I export my photographs.

In this instance below the original photograph had a massive name and I wanted to simplify the name so I just typed in the file name what I wanted to now call the file.

My next alteration is in the Title and Caption boxes

Title and Caption

I then add the title of the photograph and as I like to display on my blog which one of us took the photograph I put in our names and if you post using WordPress then WordPress uses the Caption information put in Lightroom as the Caption information on your images in WordPress.

Title and Caption 2

Then I do the keywords and colour label my photograph as to the appropriate colours that I use.

Creating your WaterMark

Text Version

Whilst you are still in the Library Module of Lightroom Click on Edit and then Edit Watermarks.  A box will appear with all the options available for adding a text or graphic for your watermark.  I have used the text version for this tutorial.

Text Watermark

You can play around with the sliders until you achieve a watermark that you are happy with. …

Once you are satisfied with your watermark which you can preview as you change sliders etc…. click SAVE

Save Preset

A box will appear for you to name your preset for this tutorial I named my ‘Test Watermark’.

Once you click on Create new Preset the boxes will disappear and your watermark is now created.

If you have a graphic watermark you want to use… just click on Graphic and box will appear for you to locate your graphic. Once you have located your graphic click on it  and then Lightroom will upload your file … if you use a graphic remember to create your graphic watermark with a transparent background and when you click Graphic you can’t put in added Text as the box is greyed-out

Graphic Watermark

The save your Watermark using the save button and naming your new preset.

NB  Once you have created your watermark should you wish to go back to your watermarks by clicking Edit and then Edit watermarks.  Click on the watermark you wish to edit

Watermark edit

And the moment you change any of the sliders the watermark will have (edited) appear next to it.  Once you are happy with your changes click on the drop down arrow and select the option to update watermark with current settings or create new preset.

On a personal note, I have created two presets one with the WM on the Left Hand Bottom and the second with the WM on the right hand bottom.  Then when I create my export presets I can create two export presets one for displaying my watermark on the left hand bottom and the other for displaying my watermark on the right hand bottom.  So when I export a photograph I can chose either export preset for my photograph.

Next Tutorial – Creating an Export Preset using your watermarks


Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

Taken by Ashley Ryan

This is my entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light.  The photograph was taken of a walkway bridge at Maidstone in Kent.

Country Roads… take me home

Taken by Bren Ryan

This photograph was taken by St Margaret’s Church in High Halstow, near Rochester, Kent and composed of 6 photos at different exposures. I then merged them in Photomatix and added an autumn tone to the picture, by using a preset in Photomatix and once the photograph was re-imported back to Lightroom I then adjusted the tones and added split toning to achieve the above effect.

Weekly Photo Challenge – April 1st – Landscape

One Photo Focus – April

Photo by Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography – edited by Ryan Photography

For the last couple of months, real life has been hectic and I haven’t had time to process many photos or take part in Stacy Fisher’s monthly photo challenges.  This month I was determined to submit an entry for One Photo Focus – April.  The photograph was submitted by Cee Neuner of  Cee’s Photography.

Just by the barn was a telegraph pole and wires… which distracted you so I removed these in Photoshop (apologies for any bits I’ve missed but this was the first time I really removed something as large as a telegraph pole).  I added a texture to photograph in Photoshop and once back in Lightroom, I added a split toning and some radial filters.  I do hope Cee likes what I did with her photograph.

Bridge at the Venetian

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above was taken during our stay in Las Vegas in May last year. I can’t believe a year has now gone by .. The Venetian Hotel is spectacular… especially inside with its replica of St Mark’s Square. Even though you are inside a hotel… with the blue clouded ceiling that has slight movement to it.. it feels as if you are outside.

I wanted to take the image much further after watching a video this afternoon…about layer masks and how you can use the ‘Apply Image’ to a layer mask.

As you can see from my layers panel on the right, I followed the instructions given in the video to add the ‘Apply image’ to the layer mask.

What I wanted to achieve was the hint of a texture and to add some rich golden tones to the image. I have tried something like this before but never realised that I could have so much more control over the image. God knows what I did before but believe me the photo was a complete mess and I just gave up.

I am still learning Photoshop… as I am a Lightroom Gal myself… but with the powers of Photoshop and Lightroom at an affordable price for their Photographer’s package.. well time has come to really jump in and learn Photoshop.

I do hope you like what I did with the image in Photoshop.. I love the muted tones of the original photo but I also love the vibrancy of these golden tones.

Have a happy Easter everyone xx

Taken by Bren Ryan

On the trail

Yosemite National Park

One of my favourite photographers has to be Serge Ramelli and just recently he has been doing tutorials of photographs he has taken at Yosemite National Park and has called them, his “On the trail of Ansel Adams” series.

I can’t believe it was nearly a year ago that we were at Yosemite and after watching Serge’s video tutorials, I decided to do a couple of our photos of Yosemite… I do hope you enjoy… and if you ever do get the opportunity to visit Yosemite… GO… it is beautiful… I just wish I could have spent more time there.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Daffodil buds

Daffodil buds

As we ventured around Ightham Mote the other weekend… my usual lens (which I love) was making my camera feel so heavy that it was playing havoc with my arthritis so the only thing to do was to change to a much lighter lens.. so I opted for my nifty fifty lens.. and one of the first photographs I took with this lens was of these daffodil buds…

Even though I originally posted this photograph in March, I thought it would be the ideal candidate for the Weekly Photo Challenge held by WordPress. This weeks theme (the 8th April) is Future and to me those buds are the start of life to the daffodil that will be in full bloom in the coming weeks.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

Taken by Bren Ryan

This week’s theme is Time… the picture above depicts the change in time that winter brings to leaves that were once green and vibrant and full of life.