Before and After: Spaceship Earth
For today’s post, I’d like to respond to some reader feedback. I got a comment on yesterday’s post asking to see some before and after shots, so I did a quick edit in Lightroom to show just how powerful Adobe’s Camera RAW editor can be! Here is the before image of Spaceship Earth with late afternoon light hitting it.
This is the RAW image from the Olympus OM-D E-M5. With the image basically untouched, it isn’t anything special. But, the foundation is there, with a decent exposure and nice light touching the side of SSE. In Lightroom, I went ahead and warmed up the white balance to help show the nice tones from the sun going down. I boosted the exposure up a little bit, added some fill light, and then went ahead and added some significant blacks and contrast. I love doing that, as those are the areas which help me get the most pop out of my images. Then I added some vibrance and lowered the luminance on the blues to enhance the sky. A little sharpening followed by a vignette (which is a personal choice of mine, not always everyone’s favorite) and this was the final result.
The image is a little warmer, a little more dramatic, and certainly pops a little bit more. All done in just Lightroom. Didn’t need to use any filters or special plugins. Sometimes, less is more. This shot was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Olympus 14-42mm Kit Lens that came with it. They’re both available at Amazon, and if you shop there, clicking on the links in the article will help support the site. Thanks for reading!