I would change the quote to fit me... Faith in your photographic abilities is the willingness to venture into the unknown. I do not like to venture into the unknown. Right now, that unknown is learning new photo editing software: Lightroom 5. I tried out Lightroom as a trial when the edition was Lightroom 3. I decided the learning curve was too much for me to tackle, so I did not venture there. Lately, I have heard many say how much they like it for organization, and editing. I decided to take the plunge, because: 1. I need a better way to find my photos. I spend too much time trying to find photos; 2. The photo editing can be applied to multiple photos cutting down editing time; 3. It does almost everything the full photoshop program does at a fraction of the cost.
I had a pretty rough start, and I am not out of the woods yet. I still do things that make a mess, don't know how to undo my mess, and I have to call for some expert help from someone, (Rey), who understands Lightroom so well. Maybe I will get there one day.
Today, I want to share some before and after photos. They are from my trip to visit my suit mate in Texas. Some of the photos I thought were beyond hope, but I decided to see what I could do with them in Lightroom. These four little pictures took me most of the afternoon to edit, since I had to read, then adjust, read, and adjust. I was very happy with the results, though. And hopefully, I will get faster!
I wanted to see what the black and white conversion did to a picture. I did bump up some of the elements in the photo to give it some pop.
|Before: underexposed, flat, and pretty bad.|
|After: I wanted to see if I could make a HDR look using one photo. What do you think?|