I got started in photography in 2005 on my first trip out of the country and used iPhoto to organize photos until about 2011 when I upgraded to Aperture. About a year ago, Apple decided to stop updating Aperture. On one hand, this is pretty frustrating because I loved Aperture and now it will quickly grow old. But on the other hand, it had been getting a little long in the tooth and this is a good excuse to move over to Lightroom. Starting in 2014 I started using Lightroom for all new projects but I’ve only recently begun migrating past projects over to Lightroom. Here’s how I did it.
This photo was taken when visiting the small town of St. Emilion on a tour a several vineyards in the Bordeaux region (btw, I would highly recommend BordoVino Tours). This is a stitched pano made from 5 separate photos taken at 27mm equivalent focal length. In hindsight, I wish I had made it a double row pano at a larger focal length. But, it still turned out pretty well considering I didn’t have a tripod.
In this episode of Photo Edits – Before and After, I’ll walk you through the large and small edits necessary to turn this photo from meh to WOW. This is one of those cases that occurs from time to time where the photo you take just doesn’t even come close to what you saw with you eyes and you have to alter it considerably in post.
You may have noticed it’s been a while since I updated the blog. For the past couple of month’s I’ve been kicking myself into gear and have finally finished my master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. And they even gave me a shirt to prove it. Hopefully I can now get back to regular updates!
This was taken last May on the same trip that I proposed to my girlfriend. Everybody else was taking photos of the ocean so I turned around and saw this lovely image. I’d like to think it captures the feeling of being there better than one of just the cool rocks and the ocean. Despite being a little tipsy having just come from a 9 shot whisky tasting, I think the photo actually turned out pretty well.
In this installment, I’ll show the big and small changes necessary to upgrade this photo. It’s got your normal adjustments as well as some gradients and brushes.
I’ve recently switched from Aperture to Lightroom and have been forced to learn a little about color spaces because of this. Today, I’m going to keep things simple and only talk about three different color spaces (SRGB, Adobe RBG, and ProPhoto RGB) and which ones you should use at each point of your workflow.
This is one of the first photos I’ve retouched from our trip to the UK about a week ago. This is the sunken garden at Kensington Palace, which is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live. My girlfriend is a huge fan of British royalty and was a European History major in college so I took her to London to propose. I shot this photo the day before as I was scouting out the right location to do it. I ended up proposing (just after afternoon tea) on the other side of the fountain, closer to the palace. And yes, she did say yes!
In this installment of Photo Edits I show how I retouched a photo from Sydney to go from ordinary to extraordinary. This was a fun one since I just switched to Lightroom and am working with a whole new workflow.
This is the part of the remains of the famed Princes Pier in Melbourne, Australia. The pier operated from 1915 to 1969. In 2006, the first 140 meters of pier were fully restored and the rest of the pier was removed. However, they left the oh-so-photogenic pylons and I had tons of fun shooting them.