Lightroom

Sync & Edit 5 Photos

Dragonfly Series

Dragonfly: 5 October 2014, 5:19 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

Dragonfly One: 5 October 2014, 5:23 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 145 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

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Dragonefly One: unedited

Dragonfly: 5 October 2014, 5:19 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

Dragonfly Two: 5 October 2014, 5:23 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 145mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

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Dragonfly Two: unedited

Dragonfly: 5 October 2014, 5:19 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

Dragonfly Three: 5 October 2014, 5:22 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

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Dragonfly Three: unedited

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Dragonfly Four: 5 October 2014, 5:23 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

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Dragonfly Four: unedited

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Dragonfly Five: 5 October 2014, 5:19 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 240 mm; f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; D5000.

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Dragonfly Five: unedited

For my five edits I found a pretty dragonfly on the beach of Egin Lakes. I put my camera on the ground to stabilize it, and got as close as I could to the dragonfly. A couple of the shots are very similar but do have different focal lengths. In Lightroom I selected all five photos and turned on the Sync tab. Then I used the exposure slider to lighten the exposure. Next, I wanted to bring out the blue in the wings a little more vividly, so I used the  saturation slider. To my delight, the mossy green color stood out a little more as well. I used the vignette slider to darken the edges, and then finally I used the curves slider to adjust the tones in the photos.

Adjustment Brush

Egin Lake Dream

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Egin Lake Dream: 5 October 2014, 7:03 PM: Egin Lakes, Idaho; 18mm; f/8; 1/30; Nikon D5000. Other: tripod

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Egin Lake Dream: unedited

At first glance this was going to be my photo for the Straightening/Crop tool. But after I played around with it, I fell in love with how it was changing with the Adjustment Brush tool. In an attempt to bring out the shadows in the foreground, I used the Adjustment tool to select then highlight the plants/weeds. I also used the Luminance tool and the Post Crop Vignette tool.

Gradient Tool

Concha See

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Concha See: 5 October 2014, 5:42 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 190mm: f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 400; Nikon D5000. Other: tripod.

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Concha See: unedited

I loved this photo straight out of the camera, until I began editing it. I decided to try the gradient tool on it because the sky was so faded. After increasing the vibrance, and adding warmth to the tones, I applied the vibrance tool to the sky at an angle, and increased the levels of blue and the contrast. Lastly I added a slight post crop vignette.

Spot Healing Tool

Tavia

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Tavia: 6 October 2014, 10:15 AM; Rexburg, Idaho; 68mm, f/5.6; 1/60; ISO 200, Nikon D5000.

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Tavia: unedited

I had the most difficulty with getting this photo, mostly because I couldn’t decide on a subject. I have a lot of experience with this tool. I have used it on photos I have taken of my daughter, and she always has some sort of blemish needing to be edited out. But she’s far away in New York City, so I couldn’t shoot her. I also have used this tool extensively in combination with Photoshop’s Healing and Clone Stamp tools, to restore old photographs (click here to see them). Finally, I asked my classmate, Tavia, if I could get a few shots of her pretty face. After cropping the photo, I adjusted the saturation and tones in Lightroom. Tavia doesn’t really have any blemishes, but I was able to zoom in and find a little dry flaky skin and a couple of sun spots and some larger freckles. She also had some natural yellowing under her eyes, so I used the Spot Healing tool there as well. To finish, I added a small amount of luminance to help her skin glow, and I added a post crop vignette.

Straightening/Crop Tool

Egin Evnin’

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Egin Evnin’: 5 October 2014, 6:37 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 52mm; f/16; 0.5 sec; ISO 100; Nikon D5000. Other: tripod.

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Egin Evnin’: unedited

As stated above, this was not my first choice for straightening, but it did need it, so it all worked out just fine. In addition to straightening, I used the adjustment brush to give more vibrance to the beautiful fall foliage. I also used the gradient tool to add some blue back into the sky. To finish I added a very tiny bit of a post crop vignette.

Sharpening Tool

Sand Shrooms

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Sand Shrooms: 5 October 2014, 6:52 PM; Egin Lakes, Idaho; 65mm; f/13; 1/8; ISO 200; Nikon D5000. Other: tripod.

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Sand Shrooms: unedited

I was so surprised to see these huge mushroom growing all over in sand in the shade of the cottonwood trees. This one is about the size of both of my hands! This was not one of my sharpest images, so it was a good image for the Sharpening tool. On this photo I drug the white and the black in the histogram until they were just at the edges of the graph, without clipping. Then I added contrast and vibrance, and increased the warmth. After applying the Sharpening tool I added a post crop vignette.

2 thoughts on “Lightroom

  1. Bridgette you are seriously so talented! I love all of your work! I really liked the “concha see” picture you took of the shell in the sand! Your composition and your shadow lines really caught my eye, the blurred background helped draw me in as well. I will be visiting your page often for more inspiration! keep up the good work!

  2. Your picture of the landscape at Egan lakes….holy cow woman….so beautiful! You do a wonderful job of composing unique shots. Your edits in Lightroom bring out the beauty of each shot. I also really liked your picture of the blue ball you edited in ACR. You are a talented photographer, and I always look forward to seeing what you will do each week!

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