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 almost 10 years ago in the Canadain province of New Brunswick on Atlantic Coast. It was a purely opportunistic shot. I was waiting for a ferry in Blacks Habour early in the morning ready to take a 2-hour ride to Grand Manan island.
I had 20 minutes before ferry arrival so I decided to walk around the foggy Black Harbour with the camera.
It was foggy and dark. Plus, the brighter foggy sky fooled my camera’s metering system and it resulted in underexposed capture.
I never had any plans to edit and publish this photo until now.
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.
I made sure the horizon is perfectly horizontal first. Next, I decided to eliminate unnecessary elements (foggy sky, grass) by cropping the capture tighter. The idea was to focus all attention to the rocky island in the middle.
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, Point Lobos presets from Landscape Preset Collection
- Barefoot preset from Spring Colors Collection
- Firefly preset from Summer Colors 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 (1, 17, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Barefoot (1, 8, 16, 20, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (1, 9, 13, 17, 32, 39)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (12, 17, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Firefly (9, 13, 17, 27, 32)
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