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Weekly Lightroom Edit: A Muted Abstract Seascape

By Matthew Saville on March 6th 2013

Sometimes as a landscape photographer, your images and your vision don’t match perfectly. Especially when you’re shooting in RAW and processing in Adobe Camera Raw, a serene and beautiful sunset can wind up looking pretty drab on your computer because of how flat Adobe’s initial defaults are.

The good news is, when a RAW image looks very flat that just means that you haven’t lost ANY detail whatsoever, you don’t have to worry about blown highlights or clipped shadows. The bad news is, it’s going to take skillful coaxing to get your image to match the subtle beauty of your original vision.

Thankfully, Lightroom 4 has some of the most powerful brush tools of any RAW converter available.  In this video, we will use the SLR Lounge Preset System for Lightroom 4 to enhance an abstract, muted seascape.  It will be a fine balance between the image looking “bland” versus “over-processed”, and of course many things are subjective!  Enjoy the video, and feel free to leave comments below with any of your own tips on how to go from ordinary to (hopefully) extra-ordinary!


The Original, Un-Edited Image


The Final, Edited Image



For more information about the SLR Lounge Preset System, Click HERE.


Take care, and happy clicking
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