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.
Normally, I start editing process with the attempts to improve the composition. But in this case, I was happy with the composition and I move forward to Rapid Editing.
Lightroom Rapid Editing
Total time: 10min
Dan took the featured photo shooting directly into the sun. It resulted in a very high contrast capture. The goal of the editing here was to balance the dark areas under the trees and the bright sky.
If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing System“.
Below are six 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 3 and 5-6 clicks to achieve the final edits.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (10, 17, 20, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunrise (9, 32, 40)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Pinkish Hue (10, 33)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Golden Gate (30, 38)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (10, 15, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Broken Clouds (1, 9, 32, 39)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.