In this video, watch as I process five different images submitted by members of our Digital Photo Mentor Facebook group and community. This is a brand new idea and if it goes over well and you all find this helpful we'll do this again on a regular basis.
Thanks to the following people for the use of their images: Sarah K, Sue P, Fran Y, Dan W, Peter S.
Let's get right into it. I'm using mostly Lightroom to process the images, with a hop over to Luminar for one. But you can do the same kinds of edits using whatever software you prefer. The sliders or names of things might be a little different but take the concepts and techniques and apply them to your workflow.
Watch the image processing demonstration
Before and after images
I hope you found that helpful and interesting. Now, let's look at the before and after images so you can see the final results.
#1 – Mountain scene in JPG format
Because I was starting with a JPG on this one, the detail isn't a good in the bright areas of the sky as it would be from a raw file. But look at how much detail can be pulled out even from a JPG. I cropped the final image just a tiny bit on the left side to come into the tree reflection.
#2 – Sunbeams JPG image
Here is another JPG but I wanted to show how to bring out the beams of sunlight coming through the clouds.
Image #3 – Underwater sea turtle
This image of a sea turtle is fantastic! But because it was shot underwater it is really flat and lacks contrast. So that was my main objective for processing this image. That and to really feature the turtle and make him stand out more. The original image is an ORF file which is the raw formet from an Olympus camera.
Image #4 – Landscape RAW file
Image #5 – Floral conversion to black and white
For this final image, I did a black and white conversion. I love flowers in b/w and knew this one would translate well because of its nice contrast and tones.
I hope you found that helpful. Everyone sees things differently and has different ideas. You may process the same images completely different than I did, and neither of us is wrong. It's all about your vision for your own images and what message you want to convey to the viewer.
These are just tips to help you get started and give you ideas if you feel stuck. Sometimes seeing through another person's eyes or perspective can help give you a creative boost. That was my intention with this demonstration. You get to take it from here!
For more Lightroom videos and tips go to:
- Learn Lightroom
- Step by Step Tutorial – Import Photos Into Lightroom
- Using the Basic Sliders in Lightroom and Photoshop – a Comprehensive Tutorial
- Correct Your Images in Under 2 Minutes Using Lightroom
- Using Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
For more Luminar demonstrations go to:
- Macphun Luminar: Video Walk Through and Review
- Is the New Luminar 2018 the Best Lightroom Alternative?
- How to Process RAW Files Quickly and Easily Using Luminar
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