I don’t know about you, but sometimes photos need processing, well in fact all of the time you tweak them a little to get the best results. The camera can only do so much.. but it doesn’t capture what your eye actually sees.
I could process photos all day long and just post up the results but for those readers who are not familiar with the likes of Lightroom 4, they must wonder how people achieve such results.
The above photo is after it has been processed, as you can see from the original straight of the camera, posted below, there is a vast difference. And believe it or not as I was using a Panasonic Luxix FZ-48 that doesn’t capture in RAW, and only jpeg, I think Lightroom did pretty well.
The picture is just dull and bland, there is nothing there to invite you to want to look further into the picture at the detail. The grass is well practically white.
So how did I achieve this.. well first of all I put the exposure down to -0.24, then I lowered the Highlights down to -100 and the shadow up to +100. Next phase was to sort out the blacks and the whites. I did this by holding down the Alt key whilst clicking on the respective slider, for the Black and Whites, and moving it. When you do this for the whites the picture goes black, I then moved the slider to about +45 until I could start to see pixels emerge through the black area. I then did the same for the blacks, only this time the picture turned white and I moved the slider to about -67.
The green was not what I remember seeing so I just played around with the Green Hue until I got the desired affect. Then I just used the brush to iron out any flaws in the photo and to darken and lighten certain areas. Once I completed that I checked for noise and used the valuable Noise Reduction Tool and removed noise and added luminance to the picture… Finally I added clarity and when happy I put a post-crop vignette around the picture.
One thing I love about Lightroom 4 is this, it is non-destructive… whatever you do to your photos the original stays the same.. you can revert to your original photo and start again at any time. You can play around with any of the sliders until you achieve what you want without the fear of your photograph being destroyed.
Lightroom 4 rocks.. believe me.
Well I hope that gives a little insight into how I achieved the results.
Taken: 14th April 2012
Location: Kearsney Abbey
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ-48
F Stop: f/3.9
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Focal Length: 44mm
Max Aperture: 3.9296875