(#7) Cooking RAWs – Editing Your Photos Challenge

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This is a new edition of Cooking RAWs series where I ask people to send me one of their unprocessed RAW photos. Then, I give them a few ideas on how to approach Lightroom editing in the most efficient way.

For today’s demonstration, I selected landscape photo from Wales (UK) by Dan Griffiths from the United Kingdom.  He took it using Canon 1200D (T5) with the kit lens 18-55 mm.


Normally, I start editing process with the attempts to improve the composition. But in this case, I was happy with the composition and I move forward to Rapid Editing.

Lightroom Rapid Editing

Total time: 10min

Dan took the featured photo shooting directly into the sun. It resulted in a very high contrast capture. The goal of the editing here was to balance the dark areas under the trees and the bright sky.

If you are not sure what is Lightroom Rapid Editing, please check my detailed tutorial “Lightroom Rapid Editing“.

Below are six editing versions of the same photo. To show the potential of the Lightroom Rapid Editing I used presets from Landscape Collection in a combination with the TOOLKIT.

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 5-6 clicks to achieve the final edits.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (10, 17, 20, 32)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunrise (9, 32, 40)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Pinkish Hue (10, 33)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Golden Gate (30, 38)
Lightroom Editing Formula: End of Summer (10, 15, 31)
Lightroom Editing Formula: Broken Clouds (1, 9, 32, 39)

Please use the comment section below to let me know what version you like best.

  • heitordelima says:

    I like them all, it seems like each image was shot in a different season.

    There is a typo where you say that you used 56 clicks somewhere. I think that 5 is the correct number.

  • Luke Carter says:

    All very good, possibly the pinkish hue that i particularly liked but would be hard to choose just 1 to keep.

  • Jerry Mael says:

    Golden Gate ftw, here.
    It just seems to capture the crisp, cold air feeling really nicely.
    That or natural!
    LG W2361VG monitor. default settings

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