Thursday, July 14, 2011
I'm soo excited--I just got Lightroom! I'm still learning how to use it, but already I love it. I used to just edit in Photoshop but I had seen so many amazing Lightroom edits I've been dying to try it. I'm also going to finally switch and start shooting in RAW--I'd been sticking with JPEG just because I didn't fully think I could take advantage of all the wonderful things RAW can do without Lightroom. The photos below I still shot in JPEG but I'm really exited to finally start shooting RAW!
Jill and Ashley's "good to wow" theme this week was skies the limit. I missed the SOOC linkup on Monday, but thats ok because my SOOC's are pretty dismal!!!
Here's a sunset shot from the beach last weekend.
Here's my edit on Lightroom--its not perfect, but its the first thing I've EVER edited on lightroom and I may have gone a little crazy with some of the features. :)
I tried the same photo with my usual Photoshop techniques and the results were pretty similar. But the beauty is, I used actions in Photoshop and merely moved a few sliders around in Lightroom. I also like how the lightroom edit kept more detail in the sand and more light on the waves near the shore. It also seems much sharper to me.
There's another sunset shot I used for Scavanger Hunt Sunday last week that I liked. Here was the less than awesome SOOC! BTW, you can see by the position of the sun, that I took this later than the sunset shot above. But with the beauty of manual settings, it is much brighter, and has a much different feel.
One of the things that bugged me is when I took this shot there was a sailboat off in the distance that I so wished was in front of the sun. But I knew it wouldn't make it before the sun set! Here was the sailboat, SOOC.
So I basically used the magnetic lasso to highlight the boat and bring it over to my other shot. I believe I also added an extra bird to the shot and fixed some of the light and tones.
And here's it with the SOOC.
Ok now that I see them side by side I see I may not have grabbed the right SOOC! I see now the waves are a little different, but I probably took them about 10 seconds apart!
And finally, for the Crazy Days of Summer photo challenge, I pulled one from the archives. The theme was "critters" and I just didn't have anything. So this is an old shot--and one from a point and shoot camera at that, but I like it for the theme. Its from my trip two years ago to Bali, Indonesia. And I'm guessing it is some sort of frog!
And just for fun, since I'm doing lots of before and afters, here was the SOOC version.