Today I finally managed to process this photo out the way I previsualized it. Using global corrections in Lightroom managed to give it the 'pop' I'd imagined.
Use of Lightroom's fill light slider revealed more detail, cranking up the blacks added contrast and then a little use of the clarity slider added the sharp edges. Easy, right? It would have taken me considerably longer in Photoshop, using layer masks, and I can't imagine it would have suited my purposes any better. What I'm finding out is that in Lightroom you can really crank the controls on black and white images beyond the point of color images (because of color saturation, contrast and noise concerns). If I were to convert some of these images back to color after leaning on them heavily they'd look really whacked out. But in black and white? Slide, slide away...
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I really like this image. It's another of those that gets my brain asking questions and making up stories about it. When was it? Where is it? Where does it go? Through this blog, I am really starting to discover the kinds of images that 'float my boat', and it's just starting to show in the images I am creating in my own efforts with the camera. Thankyou for this one :-)
Graham W on 24th May 2009 @ 4:49am
Thanks Jim, I just had to see what ya'll been disussing about "sliders" and "white balance" etc. It is a great program easy to use, but I don't know if I'm gonna buy it. 16 days left to decide....
Scott on 24th May 2009 @ 5:45am
I've made the jump to Lightroom too. Even for my work I have noticed that it has sped up my RAW development. Previously I had been using Capture NX2 for processing and View NX for sorting. While I can still get better results with Capture NX in some cases, having the image management and processing all in one application has streamline the process.
Craig on 24th May 2009 @ 9:58am
After almost 5 months of enjoying your blog, I feel I have to tell you how much I appreciate your work and your approach to photography, trying to get something out of every-day life.
I am a absolute fan of Lightroom too, using it for about two years now. And yes, converting to B&W with LR is really fantastic.
I must confess you were quite inspiring and I started a galery too, using the same theme, which is very sober and enhancing the pictures.
Thank you for this every day pleasure,
Phil from Brussels.
Philippe Geenen on 24th May 2009 @ 4:42pm