Adobe Lightroom

This week I discovered Adobe Lightroom, and for the most part I’m completely in love. I really like how it contains and edits your photos simply and non-destructively. I also really enjoyed time-saving features like batch editing and group exporting that even resizes and attaches a watermark. Speaking of which, I made a watermark this weekend (finally)! It’s exciting stuff. I realized that I should have exported originals before I did edits though, and had to resize originals in Photoshop.  Is there a faster way to atone for that mistake? Probably.  Do I know it yet? Nope.  So this ended up being way more time consuming than I had hoped.  But I still learned a lot and had fun.

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GrantStoker-Pipes1

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 8.0

Shutter Speed: 1/800

Focal Length: 46 mm IMG_2392

GrantStoker-Pipes2

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 8.0

Shutter Speed: 1/800

Focal Length: 45 mm IMG_2393

GrantStoker-Pipes3

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 8.0

Shutter Speed: 1/800

Focal Length: 46 mm IMG_2409

GrantStoker-Pipes4

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 14.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 37 mm asdf IMG_2412

GrantStoker-Pipes5

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 14.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 37 mm IMG_2416

GrantStoker-Pipes6

Location: Construction site in Rexburg, Idaho around 6 p.m.

Fstop: 5.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 37 mm

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like to batch edit multiple photographs in Lightroom.  In other words, the edits from one photo are copied onto the other selections, making it easy to mass-edit photos in similar light and with the same settings.  For example, with these pipe photos, I batch sharpened the images, then adjusted contrast, shadows, highlights, and black and white.  In the first image as well it was crooked, so I used the crop/straightening tool to align it correctly. Batch edit scnshot

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GrantStoker-CrackedWall

Location: Rexburg Tabernacle Gardens

Fstop: 4.0

Shutter Speed: 1/800

Focal Length: 32 mm

Lightroom Edit: I mainly sharpened this image to draw out the detail of the wall, then bumped contrast to make it pop. IMG_2442

GrantStoker-Flowers

Location: Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 4.5

Shutter Speed: 1/500

Focal Length: 35 mm

Lightroom Edit: I actually just used the Adjustment Brush to apply highlights to the flowers.  They were already the only part of this image catching light from the sunset, and the highlights helped pop the contrast between foreground and background even more. IMG_2459

GrantStoker-Scaffold

Location: Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 10.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 35 mm

Lightroom Edit: I mainly sharpened these two images to bring out the wood grain, and I touched up a couple of levels slightly to compensate for shadows. IMG_2463

GrantStoker-skyscaffold

Location: Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 10.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 35 mm IMG_2457

GrantStoker- pole

Location:Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 7.1

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 35 mm

Lightroom Edit:  I mainly just sharpened and bumped the blacks and whites. IMG_2480

GrantStoker-sunset2

Location: Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 10.0

Shutter Speed: 1/2000

Focal Length: 37 mm

Lightroom Edit: I bumped contrast and blacks and whites in the photo to silhouette the landscape against the sunset.  I also used the spot healing brush to black out the remaining vehicles and buildings that remained. IMG_2493

GrantStoker-sunset

Location: Construction Site, Rexburg, Idaho

Fstop: 10.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Focal Length: 114 mm

Lightroom Edit: I used the gradient tool to apply contrast and clarity to the sky.  Then I used a smaller gradient tool from the bottom up to further black out the landscape against the horizon.

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12 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom

  1. abbycicotte says:

    One thing I noticed about your photography is that they are all different angles and unique objects to take pics of. I really liked that! You dont have the typical pictures that most people would take. They are very unique. Nice job!

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    • Well thank you! I think the reason I even enjoy photography is because it allows me to find new perspectives, so I really appreciate you noticing that. Speaking of which, I’m a little nervous about taking portraits and I noticed you have a good eye for them. You might be getting bugged by me later for tips 🙂

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  2. I like how you amplified the intensity of the your images. I think that cameras are amazing at capturing the images but i think sometimes they miss the intensity that I feel that sometimes they do have in real like. Camera can only capture so much and i think that lightroom or photoshop can restore what was missed.

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    • I definitely agree. I’ve had a lot of fun learning how to use the camera I have, and still have a ton to learn. But at the same time, technology can help capture the vision instead of just the reality, and that’s rad. Btw, I’m in absolute love with your watermark 🙂

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  3. arcanewatcher says:

    I admire your dedication to making things pop-it’s too easy for people to feel like certain things should be subdued. Now my only question is if there was more you can for some of your later photos to continue that intensity-while the earlier photos draw a powerful clarity of your focus, the later ones at less distinctive. It seemed like you played around with all the tools, so it’s hard to give good suggestions, but still, some more tweaking might continue the trend of really drawing in the eye to the nifty things you see.

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    • Thank you so much for the suggestion! Did you have any particular shots that you liked that you feel popped more? And which ones contrasted that you feel are flatter? I’m still pretty new to photography, so I LOVE the feedback.

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  4. My favorite photo of this post is the first one. I love the unique angle with the background blurred. I also like the close up of the painting rafters support bar. That’s a pretty regular thing most people wouldn’t think to take a picture of. The crack on the wall is pretty cool too. You do well at focusing the subject, with choosing the right focal length. That’s something I definitely need to improve. Nicely done.

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    • That’s funny you would mention that, I actually wasn’t quite sure what the painting rafters were which is why I was drawn to them haha. I appreciate your feedback though, and I really like that you mentioned your favorite shot. It helped me appreciate it from a different perspective, and that was cool for me.

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  5. Grant, I really loved your Lightroom pictures! I think a construction site is very unique and you seemed to make it personable 🙂 You really have an eye for seeing things and making a simple picture pop out with just a few touches. Keep up the great work! Can’t wait to see more!

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    • Thanks! I really appreciate that, if you want to follow me I would definitely appreciate your future feedback too. Speaking of which, when I try to link through to your stuff I’m only getting to your design portfolio, do you have a link for your photo blog I can get? That would rock 🙂

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  6. Your editing and composition and everything is amazing but I’m a nerd and I LOVE the location you used to shoot. It’s really unique and makes for interesting pictures. I also really like the interesting angles you used.

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