This is a new edition of Cooking RAWs series where I ask people to send me one of their unprocessed RAW photos and I would give them a few ideas how to approach the Lightroom editing in the most efficient way.
Total time: 2min
As usual, the first step was to improve the composition. The main goal was to make it tighter and to remove unappealing debris in the water in the foreground.
I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I preserved the original aspect ratio of 3 x 2.
Total time: 30 sec
The next step was to remove a minor distraction in the top right corner.
I used the Spot Removal tool in Lightroom. It took me only one stroke to paint over the tree leaves and Lightroom masked them with the texture of neighboring sky.
Lightroom Rapid Editing
Total time: 15min
If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing System”.
Below are seven editing versions of the same photo. To show the potential of the Lightroom Rapid Editing I used presets from Landscape Collection in a combination with the TOOLKIT.
Under each photograph, you can find the Lightroom Editing Formula which reflects every single editing step.
As you can see it took me between 4 and 6 clicks to achieve the final edits.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (1, 9, 16, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Golde Gate (11, 16, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Shark Cove (9, 12, 16, 33)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (1, 8, 16, 22, 27)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Broken Clouds (1, 9, 13, 15, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (1, 10, 14, 17)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (13, 21, 23)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.