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Lightroom Editing Workflow – Let’s Go Over-the-top

Let’s Edit is a weekly(ish) series here on Phogropathy where I take you through my Lightroom editing workflow on various photographs of mine. Some weeks feature specific tips, while others like this week, focus on simply having some fun and seeing what I can create.

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Lightroom Editing Workflow – Over the Top Tips

This week’s photo is one of my favorite captures from my trip to Italy late last year. It was taken atop an overlooking park which allowed me to get to the vantage point of this main road through Bologna, Italy.

The photograph was originally a little under-exposed and I did this somewhat by intention in order to preserve as much detail in the sky as I could. It was just after sunset, so it was dark out, but there were still hints of color left in the sky which I wanted to capture in the photo.

The process for today’s photo might be a little over the top for some, but it’s always fun to see where things will lead. I do find that this kind of photograph – buildings and lots of colors – works well for going over-the-top and that’s the main reason for the choice here. Hope you enjoy the edit!

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14 Responses to “Lightroom Editing Workflow – Let’s Go Over-the-top”

  1. So, what would you think of this idea? Why not post your unprocessed photo in the community editing forum to provide an opportunity to do what you’ve just taught? (With a big, bold watermark, of course).

  2. revdfw said

    So, what would you think of this idea? Why not post your unprocessed photo in the community editing forum to provide an opportunity to do what you’ve just taught? (With a big, bold watermark, of course).

    This is something I’ve thought of doing, but I hesitate to pull the trigger though. The reason? All 29 RAW files used in the first 29 Let’s Edit videos are currently for sale on my site. It’s not something that drives a lot of sales, but there have been a few, and I’d hate to just start giving these files away for free after people have already paid for them. I know I’d be upset.

    So I probably will do one from the set of Let’s Edit videos some time soon, but I won’t be doing all of them. Most of the photos I add to the community edit will be photos that haven’t been seen on the series as I do want to keep the two separate and more importantly I want to make sure everyone’s happy.

  3. That’s for sure; I see your point. Under those circumstance, thanks for considering, but please don’t feel at all obligated. :)

  4. I absolutely love your videos! Since you’ve covered so much in Lightroom now, are you considering doing the same with Photoshop? I don’t know about other people, but I’m really lost in PS!

  5. Being new, I may have missed a discussion on this, but is there a chance that you could summarize some of the more useful plug-ins that you’ve found? And how to set them up and use them. These sorts of things are often the more difficult aspects to learn and are often not very intuitive.

  6. Another great tutorial…thanks !

  7. steve priebe said

    Being new, I may have missed a discussion on this, but is there a chance that you could summarize some of the more useful plug-ins that you’ve found? And how to set them up and use them. These sorts of things are often the more difficult aspects to learn and are often not very intuitive.

    Steve – I’ve actually just begun looking into expanding Lightroom with more plugins. I’ve typically used Photoshop or other software to edit photos further after processing in Lightroom. Over on my YouTube channel the most recent video takes a look at an HDR plugin, but I don’t go into the details of setting it up or anything like that. Definitely an idea for a future video though!

  8. Enjoyed this week’s edit. I would like to learn more about the several areas of the develop module; specifically detail, effects. split toning and tone curve. You make the edits look so simple.

  9. I’m with you Cheryl. I’d appreciate a tutorial on those same areas of the develop module. For me, especially split toning and tone curve.

  10. I would agree. I would like to learn more about the tone curve and split toning. I haven’t quite figured out the difference between the tone curve and the highlight/shadow and white/black sections of the basic module. They seem to do very similar things.

  11. Awesome thanks for the ideas guys! I have done a video on the Tone Curve in the past – not sure if it answers the questions above, but if you’re interested you can check it out.

  12. Nubia Richman March 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I worke on this last image in RAW but have no clue on downlowading it, I looked all over and I can’t see download directions. Please advise

    • This image is available as part of the Community Editing project here on Phogropathy until March 13th. You can download it from the community editing page here on the site. Note: you must be a member of the forum and logged into the site to do so.

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