Lightroom is an amazing product and offers photographers a one stop solution for the management and processing of their digital files.
That being said, in order for you to get the best out of your images it is important for you to not use Lightroom in a let’s-play-with-the-sliders-until-I-come-up-with-an-interesting-result way but rather to see Lightroom as just another step in the creative process.
The best way to do this – and I cannot emphasise this enough – is to not only understand your camera and the basic principles of digital photography but also what Lightroom is capable of and what each slider will do to your image.
Once you have a proper handle on these things you will be in the perfect position to shoot for your processing thereby taking not only creative control but also control over the overall look, feel and quality of your images.
In this video I look at how shooting for your processing can assist in creating better black and white images as well as applying some of the tools and tricks from this kind of approach to creating striking black and white images from normal RAW files.
The process is simple but the result can be amazing.
By following through on the overexposed image used in the video I was able to create the following black and white image with minimal processing in Lightroom.
All to often we try and overcomplicate wildlife photography and especially the processing of our images. Get to know the basics and then just keep it simple. The results will speak for itself.
This whole week the Wild Eye team will be looking at Lightroom and how you can use it to process and manage your wildlife and nature images.
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If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below!
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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