I love Adobe Lightroom and use it on all of my images. But most of the images I produce are probably closer to straight out of the camera with small tweaks rather than highly modified representations of the image.
Well, tonight I was playing around a little bit with the gradient adjustment layer in Lightroom and thought I'd show off the results of a before/after edit session. It's still nothing too fancy, but it's certainly different from the original:
Both of the above images are from a single raw image processed by Lightroom. The one on the left is just a standard conversion of the capture. The one on the right contains a few more tweaks:
- A couple of gradients were used to lighten the center and darken the top and bottom.
- Another gradient adds some blue to the sky
- Yet another gradient adds some yellow to center of the image (from the capitol building on down)
- While the first includes some Clarity and Saturation, the second uses a lot more Clarity and a little more Saturation.
The images were then brought into photoshop to resize and place them side by side.
Whatdya think? Do you prefer the more hazy picture on the left? Or the brighter, more well defined picture on the right?