Lightroom 4.4 processing example: Waterfall, XE1/XF35, RAF

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Tdp, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    In recent discussions image editing examples have been an item of interest. Much like cooking, how you get to the final image and what it looks like is a personal taste. The following is an example of how I cooked up a recent image of mine.

    Photo details: X-E1, XF35. RAF file. Tripod mounted, timed release. A stack of ND filters and a polarizer. ISO400, f8, 30 seconds. Dark and damp area, a bit miserable to be precise. LR 4.4 on a Mac.

    I import all images as-is making no changes to the batch. I've yet to find a magic bullet of edits that works with all images from a particular camera. I quickly go through the images and hit X to mark the ones that are junk, then cmd-delete to delete the X marked ones. Then I make a second pass through all the remaining images for a second X marking pass, then a second delete. Once that is done I'm off to the Develop tab...

    Initial Image

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    This image needs help. I start from the top of the edits bar (on the right) and work my way down (apart from one exception). To begin with, the white balance is off. It was dark and I had a stack of filters in front of the lens so that is no surprise. First I hit WB "Auto" and see where that gets me. It is either good, it is ok and needs a tiny bit of slider tweaking or it is so far off I need to use the eye dropper and find a gray target on my image. In this case "Auto" worked good but the water is a bit too blue. No worries, I will fix that later.

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    Auto Tone

    Next I try "Auto" under the Tone section. Hey if it works, less work for me. Most times it is just a good starting point. In this case, Auto did an ok job but it made the entire image much brighter than I wanted

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    So I left all the other changes "Auto" made as in and brought only Exposure back to zero.

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    Tone Curve

    Next I drop down into Tone Curve and add 20 points to the "Lights" area. My image is better now, but still not bright enough overall.

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    So I got back into Tone and bring the Exposure up until I like the final result. The photo is still dark, but it was dark when I shot it and I want to keep it that way.

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    I got back down into Tone and lower the Darks down a bit to taste.

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    In this photo I like the WB for everything but the water, so I want to fix that. I also want to boost the color of the moss on the rocks. Here is what I did

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    Sharpening and Noise Reduction

    For sharpening I zoom in 100% to an area of detail. I think hold down the option button while moving the 4 sharpening sliders from top to bottom (this makes your image go B&W while you move the sliders). I'm looking to get the most detail without making a mess.

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    Then I add a little bit of noise reduction and assess if I need to increase "Sharpening Amount" any after the NR. Most times I do not.

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    Lens Correction

    I provide the tool the details it wants (camera/lens) and then add back a bit of the vignette it took away.

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    Camera Calibration

    Last item, I try the custom camera calibration I have for my X-E1 to see if that makes me happy or not. Sometimes it does...sometimes it doesn't. In this case, I like the Adobe color better. If you have a custom camera profile you can start your edits by applying it first then going from there, it is up to you. Adobe should have put this at the very top of the edit stack, but that is ok

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    Final Image: Before and After

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    So that is it. While each image requires different edits, I can take a group of similar photos - edit one then highlight the remainder and hit the Sync button and it applies it to all.

    Here is a Flickr set with all the images:

    - tdp
  2. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Awesome photo and awesome step by step!! Much appreciated!
  3. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    For a bit more pop, I took the final LR image into Photoshop where I:

    Curves layer: auto
    Dodge, highlights, 3%. Paint over brighter green, tan and white areas.
    Burn, shadows, 3%. Paint over the medium areas you want to make a tad darker.
    Save file back into LR, export.

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  4. drewbot

    drewbot FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 1, 2013
    Thanks. Didn't know the X-E1 and XF 35 had profile corrections!
  5. cherrywood

    cherrywood FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    Thank you TDP, this will really help me when i get going with LR on my MAC.
  6. Pelao

    Pelao FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 1, 2013
    GTA, Ontario
    Stephen, or Steve, or 'hey you"
    I like the photograph.

    Thanks for sharing. Nicely done.
  7. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    New York
    Incredibly clear, useful and thorough walkthrough for LR workflow. Awesome of you to share this!
  8. bobbywise

    bobbywise FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    Robert Wisbey
    Thanks for sharing!
    Did you build your own lens profil for the XF 35mm f/1.4 ?
  9. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    They came with update 4.3 or 4.4
  10. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    No problem. I will do some more as time goes by.
  11. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    I used Xrite to create the color profile, the lens profile came with LR.
  12. bobbywise

    bobbywise FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    Robert Wisbey
    I didn't spot this on the 4.4 RC -- I better take another look !
  13. bobbywise

    bobbywise FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    Robert Wisbey
    Well, I took another look at LR 4.3 and 4.4RC.
    The only Fujifilm lens profile I can see is for the X100.
    Any ideas ?