When it comes to editing our photos we all have our favourites, whether it’s Photoshop, Gimp, Picassa or Lightroom. Personally my favourite has got to be Lightroom. And I will get on to why shortly. Before Lightroom I used to edit my photos in Photoshop, and as good as that is I found I was very limited as to what I could do. I feel that photoshop is better suited to designers rather than photographers. I still use photoshop for editing but I only make the final touches in it now. I bought my copy of Lightroom 3 years ago for around £80, it’s gone up a bit in price since then and is now available for £103. Or you can pay £8.00 a month on the creative cloud plan. Anyway enough about that and on to why I love it. Down below are some examples of what can be done.
As you can see, the before picture is rather dull and isn’t really much to look at. So I thought I would make it look magical and give it some life. This took about 10 minutes to complete, and all I did was tweak the vibrance/saturation of the greens, blues, and yellows etc added more highlights and fixed the overall correction. I know what you’re thinking, you can probably do this in photoshop anyway, right? Well yeah probaly but Lightroom is designed for photographers in mind! And there are so many more settings & options to get your images to look spectacualr.
The before image here was shot in one of my clients shop in Llandudno, I had to use ISO 400 when shooting in there as there wasn’t much light coming through. So as expected the images were a bit grainy. I love the noise reduction tool in Lightroom and you can really reduce noise! And it doesn’t affect the overall quality afterwards. The after image has been lightened, noise reduced and then I played around with the colours and thought I’d only leave the greens and pinks.
Now to my favourite part… the sky did look lovely out the window but I used my 70-300mm lens for this one and it just didn’t pick up the colours. Not to worry though! just add a few tweaks in Lightroom and you have yourself a lovely silhouette/sunset picture. You can also save these presets so you don’t have to edit every individual picture.
You just have so much freedom when it comes to post processing in Lightroom and I think it also brings out your creative side. I love playing around with different colours and settings to see what I can come up with. And if I do get a few rubbish shots I’m not that bothered because I know I can make them look much better.