Make It Look Like This #2

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Here we go with week 2 of the ‘Make It Look Like This‘ challenge.

Right off the bat, last week’s RAW file was way too easy.  You see, I was not quite sure how this would work but judging by all the images you guys sent back – too easy.

Pretty much all the images I received back did a pretty good job of recreating my JPEG version of the lion in the mist with some people even sending through a few ‘improved’ versions.

So, before we step things up a notch and make it a bit more difficult check out the images that was sent in this week.

Gallery from Week 1

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Even though there are some variances in the amount of saturation and contrast the overal look and feel of the images were very similar – apart from the two monochrome versions of course.

In the video below I show you, very briefly, how I got to my final result and then we look at the new challenge for this week.


There you have it.

A very brief look at how I would process the lion image and the introduction to the…

Week 2 Challenge

So, after an easy start here goes with this week’s RAW file and what I would like you to do with it.

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So, since you watched the video you will know but just in case…

Your goal is to take the RAW file at the top and make it look like the JPEG on the bottom.

Here is how it works.

  • Download the RAW and JPEG file bly clicking on the image below.
  • Import the RAW file into Lightroom and get cracking.
  • Save your new JPEG file to 800px on the longest side.
  • Email your JPEG to
  • Closing date for this challenge is Thursday 31 January 2013.
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Now it’s time for you to get stuck in so the first thing you need to do is click on the image below to download the ZIP file that includes the RAW file and my final JPEG.

Make It Look LIke This #2

Now just because I said this week’s challenge is al little more difficult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a bash.

Lightroom is non-destructive so you can play with a file again and again until you find the combination of adjustments that work.  ANd the best part of all?  By going through the motions you will be learning how to use Lightroom better, understand what the sliders do and ultimately become better at processing you own image.  Oh, and it’s fun.  Isn’t it?

I look forward to seeing your results!

If you have any questions please drop a comment below and I’ll help where I can.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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