After-Before Friday Week 10

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

1 video and 6 photo galleries from 6 photographers. If you’d like to participate, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page. NOTE: For those viewing the post in the Reader, if the slideshows don’t load, please visit the original post.

My submission: I’ve been traveling for the past three weeks, and while I was able to create and schedule the videos for the past two ABFridays before I left home, I put together this week’s video on the fly early one morning in my hotel room. Pressed for time, I didn’t have the opportunity to polish and condense it – apologies for the diminished quality.

This week, I’m highlighting the use of the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom 5. I’d be interested to hear any thoughts, either on the photo itself or on the tutorial. Also, if there’s anything you’d like me to focus on in an upcoming tutorial, I’d be happy to try to oblige!

I’ve also included the after and before images.

Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin says: The location of this week’s submission, Reflection Lakes, is well-known to those who have visited Mount Rainier National Park. It was photographed at sunrise, and there was an extreme dynamic range between the sunlight snow on the mountain and the darks trees in deep shade along the lake. Other complications included a totally clear sky and a mess of construction material along the shore in the foreground. But on the positive side, it was a 50-foot walk from my car, it was a beautiful morning and I had the view all to myself.

The Before image is the original RAW file, with no changes made. The exposure was slightly underexposed to ensure that detail was retained in the bright areas and none was lost in the dark shadows. (Nikon D800E on tripod with 14-24mm f/2.8 lens extended to 18mm; exposure: 1/60th at f/16, ISO 800, EV= -0.67)

The After image includes a number of changes made in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to darken the bright sections and open up the shadows. A gradient (also in ACR) was added to enhance the sky and deepen its blue color. The image was then opened in Photoshop CC. The healing brush was used to do some clean-up (a few spots from the sensor and a few lens flares from the sun) and then the image was cropped to eliminate the construction junk in the foreground and a bit of the sky which was detracting from the scene. A hue/saturation adjustment layer with just a slight increase was added to the overall scene and then Mount Rainier was darkened a bit more with a curves adjustment layer.

Details on these changes can be found at the post on my blog located at

Submitted by Leanne Cole — Leanne Cole Photography

Leanne says: A look at what you can do to an image of the city and how subtle changes can change the look of a photo.

Visit “The Before then the New” on Leanne’s new website, Leanne Cole – Fine Art Photographer, to read about her image.

To see a video explaining the method of replacing the sky in an image, something Leanne did here, visit After-Before Friday Week 12.

Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

Loré says: The last couple of weeks I post-processed the images that were of poor quality, because I wanted to see how much I can improve the images I usually discard. This week I wanted to pick a photo that at first glance I thought didn’t need any post-processing. I was curious to see where it would lead me, trying not to go too far.

Post-processing was done in PicMonkey and all I did was darken it a little bit, especially on the edges, to get those petals and the bee to pop-up more. I also marginally increased the color temperature and the shadows. And that was it, very simple work.

Submitted by Jaime Perez — My Photolanguage

Jaime says: After the basic common adjustments of levels, contrast, and saturation, I flipped the image vertically.

Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64

Ben says: Last weekend I went to Odyseja Historyczna in Kutno, which is a military reenactment event. I took quite a few photos including this one and the scene to me looked perfect to be replicated as one of those 1930-40 hand-painted images that you sometimes see in documentaries of the Second World War. 

My post will be live here

 Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, to read about their post-processing steps and/or to see what other treasures they have on their blogs. 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 10

  1. Hi Stacy, great week 10, congrats again. Wonderful submissions; I like the way you brought life to the piano by getting that amazing reflection of the keyboards. Nicely done!


    • Thanks, Jaime! And I really liked your use of the vertical flip – I actually haven’t used that technique before, but I have a photo from my recent travels that just cried out to me – “flip it, like Jaime did.” 🙂 So thanks for that!


    • Thanks, Janice! It really is fun to see the abundance of creativity each individual brings to their work 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Forum. Perhaps we may see something from you at some point? 😉 Your photos are just wonderful!


      • HI Stacey, submitting a blog post and contributing has been on my mind, but I have been travelling for a while, and just getting the daily blogs done has been a challenge! I need to work on my process a little more before I submit. you have a great forum and I am excited to read it each week.


  2. Another excellent assembly of posts. Your video once again taught me some more LR maneuvers. And it didn’t seem rough to me; the only oops! moment (at the 9:59 point) was actually instructive since the “mistake” was something that can happen to anyone and knowing how to back out is also important. On the other submissions, I particularly liked the “out of the box” thinking in several examples such as the 180-degree flip by Jaime and the hand painting by Benjamin. And Loré shows that a light touch can have a big impact. After years of procrastination, I was finally motivated by Leanne to get with it on Google+ Keep up the good work!

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    • Hi, Robin! Thanks for seeing the good in the “oops,” though I admit I had to go back in to see which one you picked up on 🙂 And, like you, I enjoyed the array of creative applications showcased by each photographer. I don’t know much about Google+, but I’m glad Leanne’s participation put an end to your procrastination. I’ll definitely have to visit to see what it’s all about! Thanks, as always, for your continued support!


  3. Thanks Stacy, I look forward to your After/Before Friday. Your tuitions about Lightroom are great. I am self taught in this area so really value your videos to gain more knowledge. Much appreciated. 🙂


    • So glad you’re finding the Forum helpful, Karen! I definitely love using Lightroom and admittedly there is still a lot I can learn about how best to use it. So putting together the videos is educational for me too :). Thanks, as always, for your comment!


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