After-Before Friday Week 5

After-and-Before Friday Post HeaderHighlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

1 video and 4 photo galleries from 4 photographers.
If you’d like to participate in ABFriday, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page.

My submission:  While wandering the beautiful streets of Île St. Louis in Paris, we came upon the amazing La Cure Gourmande, a sweet and biscuit shop that is a colorful feast for the eyes. The composition and tone of the original photo were not quite what I wanted it to be. Lightrom 5.4 to the rescue! The video details my basic edits, along with the use of the straightening tool and custom adjustments to the post-crop vignette sliders. (The edited photo was posted as part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold).

I’ve also included the after and before images.

NOTE: If the slideshows don’t load in your Reader, please visit the original post.

Submitted by Manal Ali — A Single Shutter

Manal says “I took these two photographs at York University campus mainly because of the architectural symmetry often seen in older buildings in the UK. I used Adobe Photoshop to edit the photographs, using the clone tool to remove the sign and general post processing such as a slight straightening, sharpening and a B&W filter ensuring the green tone was darker than the rest.”

Submitted by Isaiah Purnell — Blog of Mind. Thought. Feeling. Expression

Isaiah says “This was taken in my neighborhood in New York. At the time I took the picture, I was walking by that part of the the wall. It felt like the walls were bleeding for me to take the picture. The original photo still achieves its message but I wanted to make it more cinematic to grab the viewer and put an emphasis on the bleeding part of the wall. I edited the photo in Photoshop CS6.”

Submitted by Jaime Perez — My Photolanguage

Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, either to read about their post-processing steps or to view their own step-by-step video. They’d love to have you visit!

So what do you think of the ABFriday forum?
Feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section.
And don’t forget to view the guidelines if you want to participate. I’d love to have you onboard!

15 thoughts on “After-Before Friday Week 5

  1. Well Stacy, it looks like, thanks to your tutorial videos, by the term of the last week of this forum, I’ll be able to successfully edit one of my photos using Lightroom as edition program!
    I had seen this picture in your older post and (I confess) I hadn’t paid much attention to it. I found it just as a travel snapshot not appealing to much to me. Now, looking a bit more carefully at it, I find it more intriguing. I can feel the interest the couple looks like having in what actually is going on inside the store, and what could they get from there.
    I think this edition version is even much better than that of the other post and that’s why it attracted more my attention. So, it worked! Excellent job.


    • Hi, Jaime! Does this mean you’ve acquired Lightroom? 🙂 If you have, then chime in and let me know if there is anything specific in Lightroom you would like to know about and I’ll see if I can find a photo to address your request!

      As for this second edited version of the shop, it is somewhat different from the original edited version I uploaded a number of months ago. And, like you, I do like this one better. I think part of that is a function of editing on my new monitor, but I also like to think it’s because I’m understanding Lightroom better and therefore using it more effectively 😉 So thanks for giving it a second change – I’m glad you like it this time around. It really is a delightful shop and I wanted the photo to reflect the magic I felt just looking at it!


      • Many thanks for your offer Stacy, I´ll take it into account when needed, if it’s the case. I actually have the 4.5 version of Lightroom but I don´t use it because I’m more used to Photoshop. Even though, I don’t really enjoy editing photos that much; for me, it’s just a necessary evil! What I really meant in my comment was that the description of your editing process is so detailed than anyone can easily learn from it how to use the program. Great contribution to other bloggers!


    • It really does work to bring visitors into the shop, that’s for sure! And no worries – I’ve had a bit of a mad week/weekend myself! I’m just tickled by your support and look forward to you participating whenever it best suits your schedule 🙂


    • Glad you like the idea, Ben. Would love to have you participate! It’s always interesting to see the choices others make with their photos. And as the saying goes, the more, the merrier 🙂


    • Hi, Cee! Yes, you send your after and before photos to me and, if you wish, a little blurb about the story behind the photo and/or brief general description of your post-processing. If you choose to write a post on your own blog about your post-processing steps for the photo, I can link back to that. For complete guidelines, visit Let me know if you have any other questions.


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