The editing process.

Dave ZdanowiczEquipment / Reviews

Gorgeous colours and sunrise on the yorkshire coast. Sandsend.

Another question I often get asked is do I edit my photographs.  I answer this by simply saying that any photograph that is ever published has had some editing along the way.

Why is this ? Firstly by shooting in RAW the photographer is taking control of every process of the editing. When shooting in JPEG the camera will do a lot of in camera editing for you. Sharpening, colour adjustment, whitebalance, noise reduction etc etc.

A photographer certainly wants control over everything as any minor detail can affect the overall appearance of a photograph. The answer is I do edit my pictures, but I spend no longer than a couple of minutes on each picture and I only tweak a few factors which I will show you below.

Here is a photograph I took in Sandsend at the weekend. The photograph is the CR2 raw file and has no adjustments made to it.

Gorgeous colours and sunrise on the yorkshire coast. Sandsend.

Gorgeous colours and sunrise on the yorkshire coast. Sandsend.

 

Here is the adjusted file.

Gorgeous colours and sunrise on the yorkshire coast. Sandsend.

Gorgeous colours and sunrise on the yorkshire coast. Sandsend.


So what have I done?

  1. First things first is I cropped the picture to closely follow the rule of thirds. I also got rid of a lot of dead space in the picture which did nothing for the overall scene. When shooting I often leave a lot of extra space just incase.
  2. I have taken the highlights slider right down. This brings out the detail of the sky and retains the colours.
  3. I have boosted the shadows slightly to bring out a bit more detail in the foreground.
  4. Whites. When adjusting the whites in the picture I hold down the ALT key in lightroom and adjust the slider to the point where I can just see the whites popping through.
  5. I increased the clarity slider slightly to give the image a bit more pop and definition.
  6. Vibrance. I increased the vibrancy slider to bring out the natural colours that were captured that morning.
  7. Contrast. I upped the contrast to adjust the amount between the lightest light and the darkest dark.
  8. I sharpened the image and added noise reduction.
  9. I did aberration correction and lens correction to get rid of any vignetting.
  10. I used the spot removal tool to get rid of any dust and marks on the picture.