I love seeing other photographer’s approaches to editing images. It’s always enlightening to see how artists use available tools in unique ways. Today I am sharing with you a quick Lightroom edit.
This image was taken with my Sigma 15mm fisheye (you can read all about my love for it HERE) and my settings were ISO400, f5.6, and 1/640sec. To get the shot I simply plopped right down in the grass and made sure that a few of the red flowers were in front of my lens. Once I was ready with my settings and composition I yelled, “Who wants to play tag? Mom is base!!!” Instantly my kiddos ran right to me and I was able to get the shot.
(Raw image on the left and Lightroom edit on the right)
Here is my SOOC image. It was a mostly overcast day, but there was a bit of blue sky behind my kids (they were facing the sun). Of course, my camera did not capture the skies well so that is definitely one area I would like to fix. Another goal is to increase the overall saturation without having neon grass.
I start in the basic panel and begin by fixing my white balance. I like warm images and skintones, but it’s too warm for me now. By bringing down the highlights and upping the shadows, I have already brought back a lot of my blue sky. I increase the vibrance a lot and the saturation some – right now it’s looking pretty neon but I will fix that later.
Next I move over to the tone curve panel. I do a slight S curve, which is a pretty standard adjustment for me. It gives the image a nice pop.
In the HSL panel I can finally address the neon greens and blasé blues. Bringing down the saturation of the greens and increasing the saturation of the blues makes a big impact. I do the opposite in the luminance panel, which helps balance the tones of the top of the image with the bottom. I tried to push the blues a bit farther, but it started to look a bit wonky around the edges of the frame. I will adjust more later with a brush. Things are looking much better!
Next up I move down to the Effects panel, where I add a slight vignette. Generally I use the radial filter to add vignettes, but because of the center composition I actually preferred the darkness of the traditional vignette. It’s a small difference, but I do think it helps draw your eye to the subjects.
I use the brush tool to very lightly bring out more of the blue sky. Not only do I push the saturation way up, but I also bump the whites, which really help to bring out the clouds.
Finally I use the clone tool to help me clean up a few grass blades and the airplane in the sky. I also play a bit with adding a couple of additional red flowers in the corner of the image. Before exporting I do a quick sharpen and then I am done! Easy! This edit took me less than a minute to do and I am very happy with the results and power of Lightroom.