Jan 21 2011
Marylin recommended Lightroom to me the other day when I was
whining babbling venting about the learning curve required for Photoshop. After all, it’s hard enough trying to learn how to take a good photo, without having to learn a complicated editing program as well!
So, I got myself a copy of Lightroom, started downloading free presets like there was no tomorrow, and sat myself down for a little play time.
I’ll try to detail everything I did to the pictures, but I’m sure I’ll forget something… I’ve included the SOOC shots as well to show you the difference. As usual, click to embiggen.
With this one, I used the PH So 80’s preset, and then bumped up the blacks a bit since it washed them out.
I used B&W Brown/Red – Antique preset. I think I sharpened the image a little as well. I probably should have cloned out the grass from the corner, but I’m lazy, what can I say.
I cropped this one down, and then cloned out the small part of grass that was still showing (the clone job is actually really terrible… I need to work on improving that). Then I used the Golden Vintage – darker preset. I think I could improve this by making the tongue just a fraction pinker, but I’m pretty happy with the effect all in all.
This one is super stylised, but I really like it anyway. It reminds me of the covers of the Jack London books I read when I was a kid, and I can just imagine Willie in the snow. I cropped the picture down, then applied the Wizels preset. I think the vignetting is a little extreme (I probably should get around to fixing that), but apart from that I’m happy with this one – it made his fur look really rough and textured. I don’t think this is at all what the creator of the preset actually imagined it being used for, but then how often do I do things the right way?
I’d love to hear some preset recommendations from anyone who uses Lightroom, or actions for Photoshop. I figure the more I have to play with, the more inclined I’ll be to practice and play! I’ll probably try to work on some more realistic, less ‘edited looking’ photos next.