Before & Afters

I love seeing before and afters.  It’s fun to see what others do with their pictures and it’s fun to see what they capture out of the camera. 

I enjoy editing.  I love having a new set to work on and since I don’t have any to work on right now I pulled up some new ones of Molly. 

The more I learn Lightroom the more I love it and the less I depend on Photoshop.  The first two are Lightroom only edits.  The last two had a little additional editing in Photoshop.  I tend to prefer Photoshop for hazy or backlit photos. 

The left is straight out of the camera.  It’s pretty hazy because the sun was really bright.   You can prevent some of this haze by putting your lens in the shade.  I think I was only blocking it with my hand and lens hood.  I actually don’t mind some haze in sunny pictures but I edited it all out by pulling up the contrast and decreasing the exposure and then just brightening where I needed it.

The left is not completely SOOC.  I brought down the exposure a bit first.  I actually blew out her white shirt.  I tend to overexpose just about everything.  Sometimes intentionally because it preserves more detail in the shadows that way.  Obviously I went too far on this one.  Just some basic fixes in Lightroom on this final. 

The left on this one is SOOC.  I should have underexposed it even a little more to prevent her hair from blowing out.  Backlit photos is one of the biggest reasons I shoot RAW.  It’s easy to pull up the exposure in the rest of the photo without losing any detail. 

Again there is a lot of haze in this backlit photo.  I should have stepped into the shade and knew I would regret it when I went to edit them.  I blocked the sun the best I could but keeping my lens in the shade would have almost completely eliminated the haze. 

So there you have it.  I tend to keep my editing pretty simple.  I like a clean, bright and colorful final.  I’ll post some more before and afters over the slow months. 

Comments

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  • January 13, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Vienna Glenn Photography - shade photos all the time get old- I love the sun ones on here! They are "happy" photos, especially during the winter:)
    i love how your photos show the advantage of RAW with her hair highlights!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    Gretchen - Love them! I'm proud of you Emmy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    Julie L - ha! I think that we had the same blog post today 🙂 I love the sun ones tooReplyCancel

  • January 15, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Natalie Carolyn - Beautiful! for a long time i have been considering swithching to RAW but now seeing some of the advantages i can't wait to try!ReplyCancel

  • January 15, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Natalie Carolyn - Beautiful! for a long time i have been considering swithching to RAW but now seeing some of the advantages i can't wait to try!ReplyCancel

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