Burning Man and Creating Photo Series

This article is the second installment of my case study dedicated to Burning Man and Lightroom Rapid Editing.

If you remember, last year, in the original Burning Man article, my daughter returned from her very first Burning Man and needed to process and edit a high volume of photos. That was when she was just starting to learn photography. I introduced her to Lightroom Rapid Editing and she managed to process 1000 photos in just a couple of hours. I was also incredibly proud that she managed to achieve some very interesting results with her photos.

In the last year, my daughter has learned a lot about the visual arts, including photography. At university, she got interested in VR (Virtual Reality) storytelling and spent the summer traveling the world, shooting 360 videos and documenting her experience on her travel VR blog Follow the White Rabbit.

When she visited the Burning Man for a second time, she had far more experience as a photographer and did not need much of my help. But, this time, I introduced her to the concept of creating a photography series. I outlined the process in one of my previous articles Case Study: How to Create Photography Series.

Here is the process she used.

Step 1

She selected the best photos from about 1,000 images she brought from Burning Man. I outlined the process in the tutorial “Lightroom Organization in 3 Easy Steps.”

Step 2

Next, she continued with Lightroom Rapid Editing. She went through the Landscape and Cityscape Lightroom preset collections with the goal of finding the most interesting style for her photos.

Step 3

Discovering her fondness for the style that the LaSalle preset from the Cityscape Collection produces, she applied it to all of her selected photos in one shot.

Step 4

Next, she individually tweaked every photo using TOOLKIT adjustments.

Step 5

Some of the photos required more adjustments and editing than others, so she used Lightroom’s Right Panel editing tools to achieve the look she desired.

By the time she was finished, she had an interesting series of photos united by a similar visual style and atmosphere.

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