The Barn and Some Comments on Software (Three Photographs)

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The first photograph was processed in Lightroom. In the second the Lightroom version was sharpened in Photoshop, noise reduction and tonal contrast was done in a third-party app synchronized  and imported back to Lightroom; the changes are subtle but best seen in the detail of the leaves. The third took all that work into an HDR program where “a realistic approach was taken”. You can see the changes in the lighting of the leaves and color of the barn. It’s a matter of taste as to which is preferred. I normally only use what I need but I wanted to respond to a comment about why I use Photoshop and third-party apps. Lightroom is an all in one solution that suits many people, Photoshop has tools that permit greater flexibility and finer application, and is now partnered with Lightroom in Adobe’s cloud subscription.  The third-party apps do what can be done in Photoshop/Lightroom easier, or better. If cost is a factor, Nik software is still free  and has been obtained by DXO who say they will maintain the collection. With some exceptions unedited photographs are easy to identify, editing is a reality in photography and has been for the 100 or so years that photography has been around.


6 responses

  1. Thanks for the explanations for these subtle but excellent changes. I appreciate your instruction so much.


    November 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

  2. What was the HDR program that you use and I’m assuming you imported a single image not one made from bracketed shots?


    November 1, 2017 at 10:38 am

  3. Nice comparisons and post!


    November 2, 2017 at 10:42 am

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