AfterBefore Friday is a weekly forum run by Stacy at Visual Venturing where participants get to show their editing skills with (unsurprisingly) an image after they have processed it and what it looked like before. The forum ranges from experts who know Photoshop like the back of their hand to beginners who are just discovering the delights of Lightroom (other programmes are available!). If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!
This is one (of many) photos I took of this beautiful orchid plant. It was quite hard to get a good shot and really I needed a tripod and better lighting, to get a sharper image, but didn’t have either with me at the time. I took some with flash, which were clearer, but had distracting shadows. This was taken with the light from the window illuminating the flower from behind and no flash. I really like the potential this has, so I may well have to go and buy my own plant and experiment using flash or some form of light manipulation and a tripod.
Anyway, the original image was quite dark as I deliberately underexposed it so as to reduce camera movement, so the first thing I had to do was to increase the exposure. I wanted a high key image so the next step was to bring up the shadows and the black clipping to lighten the whole image.
This is a very simple post this week, but hopefully this will show that if the only option is to handhold the camera with very little available light, it is possible to purposefully underexpose by increasing shutter speed, therefore reducing any camera shake and then “rescue” the details in editing programs such as Lightroom .
I also converted to black and white using Lightroom and submitted this to Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness. The black and white image can be seen here.
Here is a gallery of all three images. I’d love to know what you think.
Why not go and have a look at the other ABFriday images on Stacy’s blog.