Thursday, April 8, 2010

Photo Editing

I downloaded the Lightroom 3 Beta recently and started tinkering with it. Here is yesterday's 365 picture, SOOC (straight out of camera):

Yikes! I almost always keep my camera in manual mode to force myself to learn about exposure - aperture, shutter speed, ISO and whatnot. Last night's photo was taken quickly in our bedroom before Conor went to bed. Poor lighting, hastiness, and inexperience made for a not so great picture - white balance and exposure are off, and it's noisy due to the high ISO. I'm sure photography types would cringe.

But it's a cute snapshot of Conorman, so I opened it up in Lightroom to see what I could do to improve it. I have no experience with this program and am learning on the fly. I adjusted the white balance to Auto (somehow it was set to Custom and I forgot to change it back.) That helped a lot. Then I went to town. I'm sure I overedited it, but it was fun playing with all the sliders. Hopefully by the end of the 365 Project I will have learned much more and improved a lot so can look back and laugh at this. Here's my workflow from Lightroom:

Exposure (-0.33)
Clarity (+15)
Vibrance (+15)
Fill Light (+10)
Black Clipping (+2)
Contrast (+5)
Temperature (-45)
Sharpening (+8)
Edge Masking (+23)
Saturation (+7)
Fill Light (+12)

The final product:

Not perfect, but much improved and I'm happy with it!


  1. Very cool! It's amazing how well that program works. You've definitely inspired me to set my Canon to Manual now--I need to if I'm ever going to learn how to use it! :)