Last week, I asked the good folks over at Facebook if they’d like to see a few before and after images to help illustrate the awe inspiring power of the digital darkroom. I had planned on dedicating this week to it, however because of the book club and a annual teen photo contest I help with I was only able to do two days. I hope you understand. Now that we have the apology out of the way, let’s get to it!
Here is the ‘before’ of today’s photograph. I processed this image in Lightroom 4. The primary adjustments I made were increasing the contrast and clarity to give some life to the clouds and silhouettes. I then boosted the blacks and vibrancy to richen (made up word) the colors. I also adjusted a few of the hue sliders to create the color toning I wanted. I will have another before/after for you tomorrow.
In case you were wondering, this is the view from the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui. If you ever visit, don’t let the clouds scare you away. They usually clear around 9000ft. The summit is over 10000ft, so you can usually get a good view!