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Just started messing with Lightroom, what do you think?

 
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Feb 27, 2014 12:28 |  #1

Hey guys. I have mostly used Paintshop pro, and Photoshop for editing. I've been looking for a quicker way to edit as I get headaches when I'm editing for too long. I got Lightroom 5 and have been impressed with how much quicker it could be. I read some stuff online and kinda followed a generic editing procedure for these. I have a lot to learn, but I like the software so far. The lens correction distortion tool is awesome!

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Feb 27, 2014 13:23 |  #2

As great as LR is, I tell the kids in my HS digital imaging class that it's easy to overcook a photo. Best results involve subtlety (as in your first example).


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Feb 27, 2014 13:48 |  #3

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As great as LR is, I tell the kids in my HS digital imaging class that it's easy to overcook a photo. Best results involve subtlety (as in your first example).

Thanks for the advice. Here's another try. I went in to the HSL and pulled back the blue and green.

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Feb 27, 2014 13:51 |  #4

Lightroom is awesome, but sometimes it's easy to get carried away (I'm guilty of having done the same thing myself many times). The first edit is pretty decent, though you may want to do a bit of color correction on the skin tone... it looks a bit red/orange to me. (though I am on my work computer, and my monitor isn't at all calibrated)

The second one feels a little too strong. I'd maybe dial back the vibrance and/or saturation a bit, your colors feel, as the previous poster mentioned, overcooked. You managed to recover some decent details in the textures of the trees, etc. Also, the lens flare in your edit just looks, well, weird. I'd leave that as it appears in the original, as that at least looks natural. If anything, more attention is drawn to it because of how out of place it looks.

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Feb 27, 2014 14:15 |  #5

I think you're off to a good start. I recall my early days of editing, working on an image and thinking, "this is really looking good" and then coming back to it later and realizing that I had really gone way to far with all the adjustments. Keep at it and stop often to evaluate your work. A couple of specifics -- in the second one you have a gray sun. Once it's fully blown out there's not much you can do, so better to leave it blown out. In the first one, it's still a bit dark, and a bit oversaturated for my taste. Is your monitor calibrated? And is it still set to the out-of-the-box "torch mode"? Since you have Image Editing OK turned on, here is a version that looks better on my calibrated monitor (although there is only so much that can be done with a small JPG).

Again, overall you're off to a good start, and yes, LR is FAST!

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Feb 27, 2014 14:19 |  #6

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I think you're off to a good start. I recall my early days of editing, working on an image and thinking, "this is really looking good" and then coming back to it later and realizing that I had really gone way to far with all the adjustments. Keep at it and stop often to evaluate your work. A couple of specifics -- in the second one you have a gray sun. Once it's fully blown out there's not much you can do, so better to leave it blown out. In the first one, it's still a bit dark, and a bit oversaturated for my taste. Is your monitor calibrated? And is it still set to the out-of-the-box "torch mode"? Since you have Image Editing OK turned on, here is a version that looks better on my calibrated monitor (although there is only so much that can be done with a small JPG).

Again, overall you're off to a good start, and yes, LR is FAST!

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Thank you for this. I will keep trudging along with LR. Will check my monitors.

Oh and hey Rimmer, you're a smeeeegheeeed!!! :cool:


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Feb 27, 2014 20:04 |  #7

Better smeg than dead! :) . Stoke me a clipper....


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Feb 28, 2014 08:36 |  #8

Was something cloned out in the middle of the forest shot? Looks really weird right in the middle, but it could just be an optical anomaly.


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Feb 28, 2014 13:40 |  #9

I think it's a reflection of a window?
As if the shot was taken through a window.


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Mar 01, 2014 15:07 |  #10

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I think it's a reflection of a window?
As if the shot was taken through a window.

That was my reaction; I meant to ask and forgot to do so.


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Mar 04, 2014 17:50 |  #11

KirkS518 wrote in post #16723883 (external link)
Was something cloned out in the middle of the forest shot? Looks really weird right in the middle, but it could just be an optical anomaly.

I'm pleased somebody else dared to ask, as it draws my eyes to it and distracts me from seeing the image as a whole.


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Mar 04, 2014 17:54 as a reply to  @ Woodworker's post |  #12

^ looks like it's just the way the shadow at the bottom, the tree trunk, and the tree in the back lined up. But yes, distracting.


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