(#13) 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 RT Phillips from Conway Springs (Kansas). He took the featured photo of old barn and truck using Canon 7D with  Canon 17-50mm 2.8 lens.


Total time: 2min

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

I did not feel that composition needed many changes, I liked what saw.

All I had to do is to crop the image a bit to hide the destruction from the left side of the frame.

I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image.

At the same time, I made sure that the vertical lines of the barn were perfectly vertical by hitting the AUTO button inside of the Crop Overlay  panel.

Lightroom Rapid Editing

Total time: 10min

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 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 (9, 16, 32)


Lightroom Editing Formula: Clock Tower (9, 13, 32, 35)


Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (9, 17, 31)


Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (27, 32, 38)


Lightroom Editing Formula: Shark Cove (9, 13, 32)


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

  • heitordelima says:

    First time that natural didn’t ring a bell to me. I like Clock tower and Drought.

  • Avraham 1 says:

    As usual I prefer natural

  • Thomas Phillips says:

    I like the natural and clock tower

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