Monthly Archives: June 2014

Waterfall and The Shire: Before and After

Waterfall

This is the last of the shots from the editing session with our photo group. The original shot is below. Also, a couple of people yesterday commented on the realism that I like to create vs. the otherworldly look some people strive to achieve. The final shot below is more otherworldly in nature and is an effect with these woodland shots that our instructor calls “The Shire”. It is included just for fun.

Original Photo
Waterfall - Original

The Shire
The Shire Shot

To enhance the photo, the following changes were made to the original using Lightroom:
– The photo was cropped and possibly straightened (not the most important in this shot)
– A custom white balance was created, though I’m not sure why. I may have hit the slider by mistake and not put it all the way back.
– The overall exposure and contrast were increased
– Shadows and blacks were increased to lighten them
– Clarity and vibrance were increased
– A graduated filter was employed to reduce the over exposure on the top. Even after this was done, the tree and foliage on the far right was still over exposed, so a radial filter was used to decrease the exposure on this area. I considered using the same technique to decrease the exposure of a section of waterfall but decided not to.

To get the shire effect, turn the clarity all the way down.

Otter Brook Dam: Before and After

Otter Brook Dam

On our recent group shoot, we stumbled on this dam and recreation area. It was one of those situations where you’re looking for one thing and find another. We entered below the damn and “wandered” up an access road to the top of the damn.

The shot out of the camera was not terrible, but the trees were a bit dark and the overall look was somewhat flat. (See below for the original shot). The instructor showed us how he edited it and he made it look a bit other worldly. I wanted the more realistic shot that you see above.

Otter Brook Dam - Original

To enhance the photo, the following changes were made using Lightroom:
– The photo was straightened (but not cropped)
– The overall exposure and contrast were increased
– Highlights was decreased to -99 (almost all the way down)
– Clarity and vibrance were increased
– Saturation was increased

Twin Bridges: After and Before

Twin Bridges

Yesterday, I mentioned that after our monthly photo shoot our photo group had a very helpful editing session that rendered so-so photos into something worth sharing on my blog. Our instructor is really very creative and skilled. This is the second shot. There was a request to also show the original photo. It is below.

Twin Bridges - Original

To enhance the photo, the following changes were made using Lightroom:
– The photo was straightened and cropped
– The overall exposure and contrast were increased
– Highlights and whites were decreased
– Shadows and blacks were increased
– Clarity and vibrance were increased
– A graduated filter was employed to bring out the lower right corner

Dandelion

Dandelion

Since January, I’ve been participating in monthly shoots and editing sessions at the photo studio where I take classes. One Sunday each month, we go out on a shoot. Two weeks later, we gather on a Monday night to edit as a group, using either Lightroom or Photoshop. This past month, we did a nature drive on a sunny, hazy day. The photos coming straight from the camera were not impressive. Monday, we had the editing session. The instructor spent the first hour going over strategies and techniques for editing these types of shots. In the second hour, he gave us feedback as we edited our photos. The results were quite striking. Over the next few days, I’ll share some of the photos I edited that evening.