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.
The main attraction of the scene is the rock formation in the foreground and as the result, the goal of the editing was to emphasize the textures and the colors of the rocks.
Total time: 2min
My goal was to minimize the impact of the empty sky in the composition and emphasize the silhouette of the mountains and the sun.
I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I also changed the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 16 x 9.
Total time: 3min
I used the Clone Removal (Q) tool to clean up the foreground.
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”.
I used presets from 3 different collections to produce 5 final versions.
- End of Summer , Clock Tower, Pinkish Hue from Landscape Collection
- Blooming, Green Again from Spring Colors Collection
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: Blooming (9, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Clock Tower (1, 10, 13, 32, 34)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (1, 10)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Green Again (1, 9, 13, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Pinkish Hue (1, 9, 13, 32)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.