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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.
Total time: 10min
As usual, the first step was to improve the composition.
It was the most challenging step of the editing. The original composition was not well balanced with the cliffs/mountains on both sides of the capture and the big “hole” in the middle. This is common landscape photography hurdle when natural elements of the scene (trees, bushes, hills, cliffs) prevent us from creating mindful compositions on the spot.
After trying multiple variations by changing aspect ratio and orientation of the images I decided to stick with the square crop. I made the cliff on the left side the focal point of the composition and emphasized the color and texture contrast between the rocks and the sky.
I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I change the aspect ration from 3 x 2 to 1 x 1.
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
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 Fall Colors 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 (10, 17, 21, 23, 33)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (4, 10, 19, 23, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: High Pressure (12, 32, 38)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Harsh Shadows (5, 10, 33, 37)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Open Sky (4, 9, 11, 18, 31)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.