Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lightroom, The Jaws of Life



As you have heard many times before, Lightroom is amazing software. It is quick and easy to use, and easy to learn. It can save a "loser" image and make it really pop.

These are the same image. The Before and After modifications were made in less than 3 minutes in Lightroom.

If you get an image similar to the Before version and are tempted to delete it, don't! So often, especially if you shoot in RAW, there is a great deal of detail in the image that initially you do not see. But Lightroom can enhance and improve the latent image in short order.

Only 5 quick steps were needed to bring this image back from the brink of the "Delete" button. First, the Shadows slider was moved to the right to lighten the buttes. Next, the Highlights slider was moved to the left to bring out the detail in the clouds.

Then the Clarity slider was moved to the right to enhance the mid-tone contrast. Next, Saturation was increased a bit to improve the color of the rocks and the sky. And finally a bit of Noise Reduction was the finishing touch. 

If you have been reluctant to try Lightroom, don't be. Because it is non-destructive software, you cannot do any harm to your images. Lightroom does not change or remove any pixels, so you can always go back and start over from the original if you are not happy with your results.

So try it, you'll like it!

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.  Aperture f/10.  ISO 200. Lens: Canon 17-40mm, set at 27mm. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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