After writing this post about how I went about shooting the Cathedrals of the Imagination assignment, a Lenspiration Member asked if I could show her how I went about editing it.

181231-JAS-_St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Vermont, USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II 85 mm 1-125 sec at f - 8.0 ISO 100

Showing how I edit a photo after I have edited it is not usually possible. Like, I don’t normally record my screen every time I edit a photo.

However, since this had happened to be a “big” assignment, it turns out that I had indeed decided to click “Record” before spending the next 36 minutes editing that photo.

And I’m glad I did! Since I had the actual recording, I felt like I could put together a truly helpful “how I edited it” video for her.

Here’s the basic outline of how I edited it:

  1. Determined the right crop and ratio
  2. Made basic tweaks in Lightroom for stuff like color, brightness and sharpness
  3. Brought it over to Photoshop
  4. Edited out the big stuff
  5. Desaturated the railings
  6. Replaced the square of sky with stone
  7. Darkened portions of the picture that I wanted to draw attention away from
  8. Brightened portions of the picture that I wanted to draw attention toward

And here’s the actual video that members can watch. I sped it up to 4x speed so thankfully it’s only 13 minutes now, even with my commentary included. Members can also download the original to try their hand at editing the exact same photo themselves.

editing cathedral (play)

Perhaps when I’m editing pictures I’ll hit “Record” more often. Smile

181231-JAS-106432_St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Vermont, USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II 17 mm 1-160 sec at f - 8.0 ISO 100

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