03. Before & After: Processing Miami Skyline Photo in Lightroom and Photoshop

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For today’s Before&After post, I’ve chosen the photo of Miami which I took from Key Biscayne a few years back. It is a single frame (RAW) processing workflow. Here is the full size of the featured photo.

Below you can find my Before&After Widget which illustrates 12 editing steps of my workflow.

Step 1

I imported 1 single raw frame into Lightroom.

Steps 2-9

I applied following edits in Lightroom.

2. Crop
3. Basic
4. Gradient Filter
5. Tone Curve
6. HSL
7. Details
8. Lens Correction
9. Effects

Another option to speed up the process of editing photos in Lightroom is to use Preset Based Lightroom Editing when with only one click you can apply a variety of looks and styles to your photos. If you are interested in exploring Preset Based Lightroom Editing, check my Landscapes Lightroom Presets  Collection Vol.1.

Steps 10-13

Final touches were performed in Photoshop. I used following plugins: Topaz Labs Detail, Topaz DeNoiseTopaz Clean.


I used following Topaz Labs plugins:

  • Topaz Labs Detail plugin to enhance details in architectural elements (Preset: Feature Enhancement I) and
  • Topaz DeNoise to eliminate noise, mostly in the area of the sky and water (Preset: RAW – moderate)
  • Topaz Clean to smooth a bit area of the water (custom settings, no presets were used)

Topaz Detail , Topaz DeNoise  and Topaz Clean settings:

Final step: photo was saved as JPG at full resolution and uploaded to my portfolio at SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing and online sales.

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