The faintest hint of a sunset brings all sorts of people out with their camera’s to record the spectacular colours and hues of late evening sunlight. They then wait with baited breath to see how the image has been captured.
However few people properly process the images taken, either they take no action to correct or adjust brightness or contrast or worse still they over do the adjustments to create an image that bears little resemblance to what the scene actually looked like.
The two images featured here in Foca, Turkey were taken a couple of weeks ago during an evening walk after our evening meal and here I merely want to tell you how I processed them!
Both images were processed in Adobe Lightroom 5, which I find to be a just superb, no need to use Photoshop. Upon importing the images the first thing I do after key wording the images and completing the metadata information is to apply my camera preset to the images. The preprepared camera presets more accurately display the image colours, provided the camera presets was properly created in the first instance.
My next step is to apply the lens correction profile, we may as well see the image as the camera saw it! Only then do I go to the basic settings to adjust exposure, contrast highlights and shadows.
In the case of these two images I left the exposure setting along, I could have lightened the dark areas of the image, but its a sunset so its meant to be dark. I had no over exposed areas so no adjustment to highlights was necessary. My only significant adjustments were to the clarity adjustment which brings out the texture of the image and to the vibrance setting, but only very slightly as this tool can make the image unrealistic. The last control was saturation and this was left untouched – believe it or not!
My intention is to create an image and to render it as I remembered the scene. Both images taken with a Fujifilm X Pro 1 camera, 14mm lens, 200ISO, 1/60 second and a wide aperture.
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