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This month’s before and after analysis comes from a beach trip to Arch Cape, Oregon.


© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Editing Steps:

  1. My custom preset
  2. Horizon straightening
  3. Panoramic crop
  4. Increasing contrast and shadow deepening
  5. Boosting highlights for a crisper image
  6. Localized darkening of the sky
  7. Localized brightening of the foreground wave
  8. Defringing to remove purple hue along contrast edges
  9. Adjusting white balance to give a warmer, reddish tone
  10. Minor sharpening
  11. Noise reduction


I always start each edit with a custom preset.  In fact, it is applied during import, so I don’t even need to think about it.  If you find you’re always applying the same edits, a preset can greatly hasten your workflow.  Mine includes profile corrections (accounting for lens flaws), brightening shadows, taming highlights, and a slight boost to contrast and vibrance.

All edits are performed in Lightroom, and I typically only spend about a minute or so on each image.  I prefer a minimalist approach to my editing, merely enhancing what I see or taking minor artistic liberties.


© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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