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.
The first step was to improve the composition. The main goal was to make it tighter by minimizing the impact of the boring and colorless area of the sky.
I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I preserved the original aspect ratio of 3 x 2.
Lightroom Rapid Editing
Total time: 12min
If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing System“.
For me, the main attraction of the capture was the rays of the sun blasting through the trees. The goal of the editing was to emphasize the effect the rising sun.
Below are four editing versions of the same photo. To show the potential of the Lightroom Rapid Editing I used presets from Landscape Collection and Cross Processed 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 6 clicks to achieve the final edits.
Besides, using the Rapid Editing, I also added the Radial Filter to every editing version with the following settings. The Radial Filter with the yellow color overlay helped me to highlight the colors of the sunrise.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Shark Cove (9, 13, 20, 33, 34)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunshine (5, 13, 32, 40)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (9, 13, 17, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunblast (5, 10, 32, 34)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.