One benefit of the situation is that we all find ourselves with a lot of time on our hands and, for me, that means I have spent many hours refining my post processing workflow.
I have not, however, done this on my own. Over the years I’ve been informed by many web teaches: through free education and paid. Some names I could mention are: Sean Bagshaw; Mark Metternich; Matt Kloskowski. I thank them for passing on their knowledge.
The other thank you must go to Adobe, for evolving Lightroom into a really good post processor. Factor in Photoshop and you have a really first class duo.
So what I have done is compress/merge/fuse my ideas with all those mentioned above, and others, into a single preset, that I call ‘Garry’s Magic Preset’.
To use the preset, once you have ingested the image into Lighroom, is a simple twostep process.
- Go to the develop module and select Garry’s Magic Preset.
- Adjust the exposure slider and WB until the image looks OK for further processing.
To illustrate the power of the preset, let’s look at an image I captured, handheld, in Quebec in 2013. As usual for me, ETTRed.
This is the image having pressed my preset. Yes, I know, it looks worse!
However, this is the image after simply adjusting one slider, the exposure slider.
Of course, this is only the start of the post processing. From here, I would adjust colour, possibly via Lightroom LUT profiles, and do local adjustments in Lightroom, including using the ‘quasi-luminosity’ masking that is now in LR. None of which I’m doing in this post.
I hope you have enjoyed this short post and, as usual, I welcome feedback of any kind.