Welcome to the fifth instalment of our Image Reboot – in partnership with Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic. You can find the previous ones by searching for #imagereboot in the Reader.
As enthusiastic photography enthusiasts, we wanted to include some editing techniques here – I installed Lightroom about a year ago and have taught myself the basics of photo editing, really just using trial and error in the beginning to see what worked and what didn’t. Then I did a lot of reading and have managed to make some good edits as a result.
Before we get started, take a look at some of the cool image rebooting that others have done over the last month:
Thanks so much for participating, some great drama created here 🙂
Now onto this month’s reboot. I took this photo on my lunch break while at work in Cambridge (a week-long conference). It was a really busy day and there was a lot of noise and I really needed to escape for a few minutes. So, I took my camera and dashed outside to photograph these flowers – I thought they were really pretty as I stood under the tree looking straight up at them. It was an overcast day, not especially good light, but it was great to get away for a few minutes.
The photos were nice, but didn’t seem to be quite what I wanted and I went back inside. I processed them as I usually would and was reasonably happy with the result. However, when I was looking for a new photo for Image Reboot, I went back and tried some more of the extreme editing that I had mentioned in the last Reboot.
Here is the original, unedited photo:
To do some “extreme editing”, here is my process:
- Since I shoot in RAW, I applied noise reduction and camera correction first
- Next I cropped the image to remove the building on the right and the extra piece of plant on the left
- I wanted a clean background so I increased the exposure substantially, to +2.15
- I then decreased contrast to -25 which brought out a little more detail in the flowers
- For a little more detail, I brought the highlights down to -25
- I then increased the shadows level to +24
- To really whiten the background, I increased the white level to +92
- And to bring out the image details, I moved the black level to -59
- To sharpen up the image a little, I increased clarity to +37
- Finally, to add some colour, I increased vibrance to +81 and saturation to +51
Here’s my edited image. I’m really happy with the result and it’s become my desktop image on my Mac. I really love it.
I hope you like this image as much as I do. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. I’ve done a black and white version and a more natural version as well, which I also like, but I’m a bit of a fan of this cleaner and more extreme image.
If you’d like to get involved, please feel free to do your own Image Reboot and link back to this post (#imagereboot). Alternatively, I can give you a copy of the image so that you can try the editing yourself.
Now, I promised to give you some hints and tricks on getting started with Lightroom as well. I started to write this for you but found that someone else has already done a fantastic job of showing you how to get started in Lightroom – you can find all the information at this link here. If you have any questions at all about what you read there, feel free to ask me for help.