There are times when I will take a photo without any clear idea of what I am going to do with it. It could be that something in the subject doesn't spark my creativity or I may have hurried through the process. Whatever the case, I will often take a photo just to document a location or event. We all do this.
In this tutorial I am going to show you one process to take a ho-hum image and add a little pizzas to it. Several techniques are utilized that can be adapted and applied to your own work and I'll point those out. Overall, this is a very simple process to achieve in Lightroom. In the interim, I will share my decisions for the choices I made to get this look. Remember, I did not have this look in mind when I first started.
I want you to compare the after product above to the before shot showing here. If you analyse it enough you can probably point out a lot of things that are wrong with this image. To save you some time I'll list some of the major ones here;
- Crooked verticals (hence crooked horizon)
- Very busy background on the left (those yellow lobster cages bother me)
- Bland sky (lousy weather)
- Lacks impact (colors are washed out)
The busy background at left was another problem I could do little about from this angle. Typically a change in shooting angle or a shift left or right can correct minor flaws. I was on the edge of a pier so my movement was limited. There is also the occasional, "that looks ugly back there, let me just move it out of the shot." There is no moving those houses. The photo is what it is.
So off to Lightroom to see what can be done with it.