Sync & Edit 5 Photos
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.
Egin Lake Dream
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.
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
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.
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.
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.