This is the third 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 on how to use Lightroom in a typical photo editing workflow I selected a RAW photo by Alex Merk. He recently started using my Travel Photography Bundle.
The main challenge with this photo is the composition. First of all, the horizontal and the vertical metal bars attract too much attention and my first intention was to remove them. Since Lightroom is not designed for such complex task, it would require some extensive work in Photoshop to get rid of the distraction. But then I realized that by removing the bars we would still have pretty weak and unbalanced composition.
Instead, I identified the most interesting part of the capture and decided to use only that area for the final composition.
Total time: 2min
I used the Crop Overlay tool of Lightroom to changed the orientation of the photo from a landscape to a portrait.
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 4 editing versions of the same photo. To show the potential of the Lightroom Rapid Editing I used presets from Landscape Preset Collection in the combination with the TOOLKIT. I didn’t use any of the editing tools from Lightroom right panel.
Under each photograph, you can find the Lightroom Editing Formula which reflects every single editing step.
As you can see it took me between 4 and 7 clicks to achieve the final edits.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Golden Gate (8, 21, 23, 33, 34)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (9, 13, 16, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (4, 10, 12, 16, 21, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Clock Tower (1, 9, 12, 15, 33, 38)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.