A post about post-processing.

In my last blog post I showed some images where I had allowed the camera to do some image processing for me by using an Art Filter.  Here I’ve done the processing after capturing the image.


Here’s the uncropped basic image.  It’s of a rock, lightly resting on some other rocks, on “The Roaches” in Staffordshire.  I liked the delicacy of the contact between the rocks, and wondered about the process by which the top rock got where it is.  The weather was quite overcast, with a grey sky.  The sky was, however, quite bright compared to the foreground rocks.


The first stage of editing, in Lightroom, was to crop from the top of the image so that the amount of sky was smaller.  I’ve also cropped it in from the left-hand side a bit.  The proportions of the image now fit the proportions of the resting rock better.


In this first edited version I’ve added a graduated filter to the top of the image and reduced the exposure in that area.  It’s brought out the details in the clouds.  Next I’ve applied a Black & White conversion (Lightroom B&W Look 1).  I’ve then reduced the Blacks by about 25% to make the rocks more of a silhouette.  The final image has a bit more drama than the original.


In this second edited version I’ve applied a High Dynamic Range Lightroom (HDR) preset.  It’s darkened the sky and revealed the rock texture.  As before I’ve applied a graduated filter to darken the sky a bit more, and then another graduated filter on the rocks to reduce their colour saturation.  It’s got a completely different look to the other image.

Finally, I’ve imported the images into Photoshop to add the copyright watermark, resized them and sharpened them.

Some people never post-process their images.  I think they are missing out.

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