I have been going through my architectural photography catalogue, looking for older images that I can revisit and rework knowing what I know now.
I am enjoying going back to old images such as this one, and applying lots of new processing skills and techniques, as well as my (hopefully) improved knowledge of composition and what basically is a good image or not.
This image was fundamentally sound. A good composition, and interesting subject and an interesting sky.
Technically image capture is good. Histogram shows a good exposure.
Ok time for me to deviate.
In Lightroom, the histogram suggests a correct exposure.
But how often do I look at the histogram in my camera? You might be surprised by the answer.
I guess I have confidence in my skills in image capture that I do not need this graphical technical representation of the Jpeg version of my RAW file.
I do however have the blinkies turned on.
That is highlight overexposure.
Much more useful.
And I find myself less and less reviewing my image capture on the ridiculously small screen on my Canon EOS 6D.
Again practise, lots of practise, and evaluating my work when back in my office, have given me the confidence to just go out and shoot, and consistently produce the high quality imagery I am looking for.
So this old image of Wimborne Minster in Dorset has received and amount of further processing in Lightroom only. Not Photoshop. Just Lightroom.
I am enjoying taking time processing images with no time or commercial constraints. This image is an example of this.
As I said all the work was done in Lightroom. Most of my time is spent in the basic panel.
Question for Adobe. Why do you call it the basic panel?
It is far from that.
Outside of the basic panel are lens corrections and sharpening. That's it.
A lot of my time in the basic panel is spent using the brush tools to make localised adjustments, as well as dodging and burning. This is basically bespoke hand editing of a single image.
This takes time. More time than most commercial assignments allows unfortunately.
But it is a great place to experiment and learn new things, and refine techniques so they can be introduced into my commercial workflow.
Which is why my personal and landscape photography work helps my commercial photography work grow and develop.
Thanks for reading, check out my website for lots more images of Dorset as well as more of my architectural photography work.
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