This is the forth 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 Henry Starbuck from South Africa. He recently started using the Lightroom Rapid Editing.
This is a typical landscape capture with the properly exposed sky and underexposed foreground elements of the composition. When I was developing my Lightroom Landscape Preset Collection I had this type of photos in mind. Photos where the main challenge is to preserve the details in the bright areas (sky) and recover the dark parts of the image (foreground).
Normally, I start my editing by analyzing the composition and deciding if it is possible to improve it by cropping it differently. In this case, I liked the original composition and I did not see any reasons to change it.
I decided to start editing with some cleaning
Total time: 2min
I used the Spot Removal tool to remove the debries from the road and the grass on the left side of the image.
All I had to do is to paint with the small brush over destracting elements and Lightroom did the rest by taking samples from the nighboring areas and masking the debris and brunches.
I used the Heal mode.
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 eight 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 3 and 5 clicks to achieve the final edits.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (10, 17, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunrise (9, 13, 16, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Broken Clouds (1, 9, 13)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (13, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Drought (9, 13, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (10, 13)
Lightroom Editing Formula: High Pressure (17, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Shark Cove (9, 33, 39)
Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.