For this edition of #FixitFriday I’m going through my favorite photos from last summer and in the process reliving my Block Island dream trip.
Seems an appropriate way to end a summer, reliving last summer, laying on a beach and relaxing exploring the island of my youth. Most of the time the skies were overcast and cloudy, good when avoiding a sun burn, but I found it a difficult photography challenge. The result of the cloudy skies were flat and drab. Although I reworked them a bit in Photoshop CS2 I still didn’t get the result I was after.
Lightroom 4 has been wonderful, every time I open an image I wasn’t quite happy with I find I can correct or enhance. Even with a jpg file.
I always shot on aperture priority and as a result many of my images were underexposed. Not only did I open up the shadows and exposure in Lightroom 4 I also decreased the noise.
On the left side of the screen shot there are User Presets. Presets are saved adjustments you can use again for an image of the same type. For example overexposed images in bright sun is called “Dim the Summer Sun” or “Bright and Sharp” for an underexposed image. Once a preset is saved it can adjusted and resaved under the same name. Presets save time when you have a batch of images under the same lighting that require the same adjustment.
Below is the straight out of camera shot and the resulting end photo in Lightroom.
Edited version, what do you think?
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