You may have heard that Desley has been busy preparing her next move to Melbourne, and for that she had to reduce her blogging activities.
So, please bear with me, as I am hosting the sixth installment of our Image Reboot – a partnership between Desley’s Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist, with yours truly Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic. You can find the previous ones by searching for #imagereboot in the Reader.
Desley has learned the technique and mastered editing images with Lightroom. I use Lightroom as well, and thanks to her, I have learned a more structured way to photo editing than my usual trial and error.
Now onto this month’s reboot.
I shot this portrait with a Olympus E-M10. I shot it after sunset and didn’t like the dull and flat way the image looked.
Here is the original, unedited photo.
I love monochrome portraits, but I gave color a go by following this process:
- I increased the exposure to +50
- I then decreased shadows to -26 which brought out a little more detail in her face and beautiful curly hair.
- To reduce the dull appearance, I decreased the white level to -100
- To bring out the image details, I moved the black level to -40
- To sharpen the image a bit more, I increased clarity to +70
- I increased vibrance to +19 and saturation to +66
Here is the result:
I thought that her face was still a bit dull, so I took two more steps:
- In split toning, I increased highlights to +10 and shadows to +10
Here’s the new image, but perhaps her face is too pinkish. Desley may like the pink color, though, so I will leave it here.
But, I couldn’t resist to convert it to monochrome. That’s how I like portraits!
To make it easy, I edited the above photo in Silver Efex Pro2, and applied the High structure filter (harsh). Et voilà!
So, what do you think?
Would you like to try doing the same? Please feel free to do your own Image Reboot and link back to this post (#imagereboot).
I enjoyed being here with you today, and hope to not have disappointed you too much. Desley is a real pro when editing with LightRoom, so don’t worry, next month she will be back with you!