Week 2 of ABFriday highlights 5 pairs of photos from 5 photographers. Like to participate? Guidelines are here: After-Before Friday Forum.
Lightroom 5.4: 1. Applied my basic sharpening preset. 2. Warmed the white balance just a bit. 3. Reduced highlight clipping (-45) using the Highlights slider (I don’t use the Whites slider to decrease clipping as this can turn the whites gray). 4. Opened up the shadows (+67) to bring out the details, especially in the lower half of the photo. 5. Darkened the blacks (-12) just to the point of clipping to increase the tonal range. 6. Increased clarity (+43) to add more punch and midtone contrast and increased vibrance to brighten the dull colors (+25). 7. Increased detail in the lower half of the photo using an adjustment brush: brightened the highlights (+47), increased sharpness (+20), opened up the shadows (+61), and suppressed the resulting noise (+29). 8. Used the targeted adjustment tool in the HSL panel to selectively increase the saturation of the sky and the red banners. 9. Applied a post-crop (highlight priority) vignette.
Submitted by Robin Kent of photographybykent
Robin says: This image of the US Air Force Memorial was taken just before in a light rain in April 2011. Although there was a heavy cloud cover, the statues in the foreground were extremely dark and I underexposed by one stop to get sufficient detail in the sky. The major change in post-processing was actually the cropping of the right side in order to exclude the Washington Monument. I darkened the grass in the foreground and lightened the statues of the soldiers. A detailed explanation can be found on my post.
Submitted by Jaime Perez of My Photolanguage
Jaime says: The picture was taken in the Castillo de san Felipe de Barajas (San Felipe de Barajas Castle) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The photo was processed using Photoshop CS3. [Visit Jaime’s post for the details.]
Submitted by Ben Whittard of Flights.Camera.Satisfaction
In an April post, Ben featured the after image of this beautiful chandelier inside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. I asked whether he had post-processed it, and if he had, suggested that it would be fun to see the original image. Not only is Ben showing us the before shot, he has put together a video showing his post-processing step-by-step. I might just have to “borrow” this idea from Ben for my next go-round (that is, if I can figure out how to do it)!
Submitted by Kayla Hill of Kayla Hill Photography
Kayla says: The photo is from some engagement photos I took for a friend. I did my editing in Lightroom 5, and I also used the Topaz Retouch plug-in to play with the colouring a little.
[Visit Kayla’s post for the details.]
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