After-Before Friday Week 44

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos

After a fun and successful April One Photo Focus, we’re back to ABFriday this week. Just a reminder, next week’s ABF post will reveal the photo for May’s One Photo Focus that all participants will be editing. May’s image will be from Shane Francescut of The Weekly Minute, so be sure to check back if you want to participate. For all the details on ABFriday and One Photo Focus, visit the After-Before Friday Forum page. And now, on to this week’s galleries of submissions!

My submission: This week is a very simple edit all done within Lightroom with a brief focus on the spot removal tool.

Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent

Robin says: I’ve been spending a lot of time down at the Tidal Basin this week as the annual cherry blossom extravaganza builds toward its climax.  But sometimes the not-quite-ready star of the show (cherry blossoms in this case) gets upstaged by the old pro (the Jefferson Memorial).  Last Sunday morning’s sunrise provided Tom an opportunity to take center stage as the prime photography subject. And he did not disappoint.  For details click here.

Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

Loré says: Just a simple touch in this week’s edit. Boost of color, adjustment of exposure, my goal was to make the original a little bit richer, without going too far.

Submitted by Mary Hone — Tales from the Backroad

 Submitted by Nic Anderson — Photography by Nic

Nic says: I was playing around today trying to make this image ‘better’.  My main goal was to give this photo more oomph.  I took it facing the sun, which put everything in shadow.  I watched some tutorials I found online.  They were on faux hdr and grunge in GIMP.  Here’s what I came up with by combining those tutorials and putting my own spin on it.  Check out my how-to here.

 Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — Aperture64

Ben says: After a fun easter and a few days with school being closed, I managed to visit the city zoo and photographed this little fellow ( a bearded dragon) in the reptile house. My post will be live here.

Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book

Amy says: 1. cropped, 2. increased the highlight on the LR basic panel, 3. increased the clarity a little, 4. run the graduated filter through the flower, 5. added vignette. Voila!

 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!

25 thoughts on “After-Before Friday Week 44

  1. Another great tutorial, Stacy. I thought I would have to forego future ABF challenges but now I think if I just concentrate on one tool in Lightroom each week I’ll be able to handle it. I missed you guys! And I really like the square crop on this!


    • Hi, Emilio. I know the ABF challenges take time (they actually take me a disproportionate amount of time because I spend too much time in post-processing that I have to try and recreate and not enough time behind my camera getting better so I won’t have to spend as much time post-processing – how’s that for a circular thought?) Anyway, I digress. I ended up putting this video together very late Thursday night/very early Friday morning after the first photo I had chosen and the resulting video turned out to be a bust. Because of being bleary-eyed, I chose the simplest photo I could. Seems even with that, there were some helpful new tips. So we both have to remember to KISS 😉 (Yeah, I can hear your wisecrack all ready!)

      As for the square crop, a result of me trying my hand at Instagram – which I started but haven’t posted anything in like two weeks….

      Glad to have you back, Emilio.


  2. Well, I’m back and feel like I’ve missed so much. It’s going to take me a while to comment on everyone’s work. I’ve already peeked at Shane’s photo for May 1 and, if he sticks with the image, I am going to have so much fun! I’m at work right now so as soon as I can listen to your ABF I’ll be back!


    • Welcome back, Emilio! You were most definitely missed. As for catching up, I say just start from now and move forward 🙂 And, clever you, how did you know Shane’s image was in Dropbox already? 😉


      • I now store a lot of my photos in dropbox and when I went in, I went into the wrong dropbox. Purely accidental. But I like the photo. Trouble is, I seem to only be able to use the jpeg yet there seems to be another file there. Is it supposed to be RAW? Will there be a RAW?


        • Yup, I just went in to double check. He sent me the links to both a jpeg and RAW, so I think the xmp file is simply a mistake. I’m also wondering about the resized jpeg image. It’s 1000×661, which means no one will have to resize it before they send it. On the other hand, not as easy to work on as the full sized image. I’ve asked him about that as well. Thanks for the heads-up. I likely wouldn’t have realized all this until up against the deadline.


  3. Nice simple explanation of how to use the clone tool in LR5 Stacy. I like the contrasts you have in your final image and the way that you showed us the areas on the histogram.
    Some nice edits this week, I’ll be looking round them very soon. 🙂


  4. Great tutorial, Stacy! 😀 I always enjoy learning more about Lightroom from you. I really like your edit, the changes you made to spread out the histogram was very interesting, and made a big difference in the photo. I really like the stark black & white. I also like the square crop. 😀
    Some great images this week, I’ll have to go visit everyone and see how they did it. 🙂
    After I sent in my image on Tuesday, I continued to play around with other photos and came up with a really great one, too bad it was really late or I would have asked you to use it instead. Anyway, I cover all that on my blog. I need to start playing around earlier so that I send in the best image. 😛


  5. Good tutorial on LR5’s spot removal capabilities, Stacy. Very helpful. Although toward the end there, I began to fear the medics would burst into the scene with a bottle of cough medicine;-)


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