Im­age Res­cue

A po­ten­tially pretty land­scape shot needs work in Light­room to bring out the qual­i­ties of light that were present on lo­ca­tion

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This photo has the mak­ings of a lovely land­scape but un­der­ex­po­sure means that tonally the old build­ing and its re­flec­tion merge to­gether in a way that is dull and unattrac­tive. Although there is some good light, shoot­ing in the Day­light white bal­ance set­ting has ac­cen­tu­ated the blues too much, giv­ing it a cool feel­ing.

We’ll se­lect an Ad­just­ment Brush and mask over the build­ing and the re­flec­tion

1 . It’s im­por­tant when you work on shots with re­flec­tions that you cover both ar­eas with the same brush, so any changes you make will stay in sync: the re­flec­tion should al­ways be slightly darker than the ob­ject it’s re­flect­ing. We’ll in­crease the Shad­ows and Whites slid­ers by +50 and

nudge the Ex­po­sure slider up by +25. This gives us bet­ter bal­ance and more de­tails.

To brighten the fore­ground 2 , we’ll ap­ply a re­verse grad us­ing the Grad­u­ated Fil­ter Tool over it and then in­crease Shad­ows by +50. For some ex­tra warmth and to re­duce the over­all cool­ness 3 , we’ll just change the white bal­ance from Day­light to Cloudy. This will give some ex­tra zing to the bricks in the build­ing, as well as im­prov­ing the sun­lit reeds. To give the im­age more edge, we will take De­haze to +35 and deepen the shad­ows slightly.

Fi­nally, us­ing the Clone Tool we can re­move the un­sightly sign 4 , mak­ing sure we sam­ple from the nat­u­ral area in the bot­tom half of the win­dow.

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Be­fore

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