A huge part of photography for me, is knowing how to use my editing software to it’s full potential. Including how to make digital edits. It’s a constantly evolving subject but one that is key to the entire process. Whilst the main bulk of images I share are “naturally” edited, from time to time, it’s fun to try something un-realistic and fantasy.
All the images were edited by myself, using Lightroom 6, On1 Photo RAW and Particle Shop. I have presented them so each photo is my latest edit to demonstrate my progress.
Check out the “Inside look” section, just below the gallery!
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Digital Edits – Inside Look
For this post, I want to share a quick look at how I made one of my digital edits.
The original image was captured with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, with the focus point being the leaves just off the centre. Because I used a large aperture size, I was able to create the out of focus parts of the image inside the camera. Therefore, in Lightroom, I only needed to slightly reduce the clipping of the black’s and white’s. This helped give as much detail as possible and it was then ready for the effects.
For that part, I used one of my saved presets for Lightroom, which is an amazing way to help speed up your work flow. I opted for the “Soft Autumn” effect which has a focus on reds and oranges and a softly lit glow. I also made a few tweaks to the colour luminance to help make the colours pop a little.
Finally, I wanted to add some subtle fantasy effects. So opened up the image in ParticleShop, a useful plugin for Photoshop & Lightroom (find out more here). I added some smoke to the pathway and some white orb lights floating around the leaves.
So which one is your favourite? Please leave a reply below!
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