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For today’s Before&After post I’ve chosen photo I took at one of my favorite places in Montreal – Rene Levesque Park. It is located not far from where I live. This is where I go jogging almost every day and place where I photographed at least hundred of sunsets.
I imported 5 bracketed raw images into Lightroom but later I realized that +2 frame was way too overexposed. I used only 4 images for tone mapping.
I processed 4 bracketed raw files in Photomatix using Photomatix Pro Lightroom Exporter.
After I finished my edits in Photomatix I brought merged image as 16-bit tiff file back to Lightroom and applied following edits.
- Graduated Filter (sky)
- Radial Filter (foreground)
- Basic, Tone Curve
- HSL, Detail (noise reduction)
- Effects (vignetting)
If you want to avoid a manual labour of adjusting countless number of sliders in Lightroom, you can explore 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 learning more about Preset Based Lightroom Editing, check my Landscapes Lightroom Presets Collection Vol.1.
I used Topaz Labs Detail plugin to enhance details (Preset: Feature Enhancement I) and Topaz DeNoise ( my Topaz DeNoise Product Review ) to eliminate noise, mostly in the area of the sky (Preset: RAW – moderate)
Topaz Labs Detail and Topaz DeNoise Settings:
Final step: photo was saved as JPG at full resolution and uploaded to my portfolio at SmugMug for safe keeping, sharing and online sales.