(#11) Cooking RAWs – Editing Your Photos Challenge

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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.

For today’s demonstration, I selected landscape photo by Przemek Szatkowski from Poland. Recently he visited beautiful Norway and brought back a collection of winter landscapes. He took the featured photo near Bodo using Canon 6D with  70-200 4L Canon EF lens.


Total time: 2min

As usual, the first step was to improve the composition.

I could see 3 main areas of interest in the composition: the sky, the mountains and the water. I felt that the water was the least interesting part of the scene but at the same time overpowering the rest of the elements. The main goal of this step was to minimize the impact of the water and emphasize the rest of the elements.

I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I change the aspect ration from 3 x 2 to 2 x 1 making it a panoramic composition.

At the same time, I made sure that the horizon was perfectly horizontal by hitting the AUTO button inside of the Crop Overlay  panel.

Lightroom Rapid Editing

Total time: 15min

Before I started editing process I analyzed the Histogram Panel. It was obvious that the capture was overexposed by approximately 1 stop and I had to address it during the editing.

I used 06 Exposure —,  05 Exposure —04 Exposure – adjustments from the TOOLKIT to correct the exposure

If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing System”.

Below are seven editing versions of the same photo. To show the potential of the Lightroom Rapid Editing I used presets from Landscape Collection and Winter 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 clicks to achieve the final edits.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (5, 32)

Lightroom Editing Formula: Crisp Morning (5, 16, 31, 39)

Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (6, 10, 31)

Lightroom Editing Formula: Blizzard (5, 32, 39)

Lightroom Editing Formula: Skyshine (4, 9, 13, 32)

Lightroom Editing Formula: Analog Wave (17, 32, 40)

Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.

  • heitordelima says:

    Crisp morning and Blizzard. Fits the mood.

  • Yorgil Thorn says:

    I think Blizzard if the best, but Crisp morning is very similar to conditions we met there 🙂

  • I vote for Crisp Morning, thought Natural looks very good. The others look too unnatural with the cross-processing.

  • I like Crisp Morning the best, though I also like Natural and Skyshine – but I wouldn’t have warmed up the land with the trees as much. Great job!

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