The Reviving the Rejects is the part of my Cooking RAWs series.
Originally, I asked people to send me their photos and I would show them how to approach photo editing in the most efficient way. At this point, the collaboration with the readers of my blog resulted in 18 demonstrations of the various ways of approaching photo editing.
Recently, I decided to slightly change the rules of the Cooking RAWs challenge.
I dove deep into Lightroom archives and selected photos I took a while back, rejected them and never had any intentions to edit and publish them. I want to challenge myself to see if it is possible to revive them by using modern editing tools and techniques.
And since all the original photos belong to me I will be happy to share them with you so you can follow the demonstrations step by step.
Cooking RAWs – Reviving The Rejects
I took the featured photo in Montreal on Saint Helen’s Island (Île Sainte-Hélène) 8 years ago.
It was middle of the day. It was hot, humid and hazy. Plus, the photo is slightly underexposed. I never paid attention to this shot and had no plans of editing. Now, almost a decade later I thought it would make a great candidate for the Reviving The Rejects series.
Let’s see what we can do with it.
To follow this demonstration you need one of my Lightroom Preset Collections. If you never bought any of my premium collections, you can always download my Free Preset Collection.
Also, I am making available the original RAW image I used in today’s demonstration. Download it, import to Lightroom and try to revive it following my lead.
Total time: 2min
My first step is to improve the composition if possible.
What I like about the shot are the leading lines created by the benches and the fence, the clouds and the bridge in the background.
I want to emphasize those elements by cropping the composition tighter and changing the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.
I used the Cropped Toll of the Lightroom.
Lightroom Rapid Editing
Total time: 12min
If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing System”.
I used Lightroom presets from 2 different collections to edit the featured photo:
- Natural, End of Summer, Drought, HDR Blend presets from Landscape Preset Collection
- Gentle Wave preset from Cityscape Preset Collection.
Under each editing version, you can find Lightroom Editing Formula the one you can follow in case you decide to take Cooking RAWs challenge with me.
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (2, 17, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (2, 9, 13, 17, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Gentle Wave (1, 10, 13, 17, 33, 38)
Lightroom Editing Formula: HDR Blend (2, 10, 13, 32)
If you decide to take Cooking RAWs challenge with me, please join my closed Facebook group and post your results using hashtag #CookingRAWs.