Yesterday I went looking for signs of Autumn in the hedgerows today i experimented with one photo to see if I could create an Autumn feel to an image. The photo below is taken straight out of camera, it was taken at ISO800, F10, 1/80sec – I was in some shady woodland in the forest and my focal point was the gate – it would have been ideal if I had a couple of walkers to include… but today it was not to be.
My first step was to edited in Lightroom so that I was happy with the image, and ready to work on it. This involved a slight crop, adjusting the shadows, boosting the colours slightly until I had developed an image I was pleased with. I would normaly stop at that point and upload it.
But today i decided first to convert it into balck and white and see what it looked like. There is a lots of black in the image, and lots of shades inbetween – I like how the gate stands out more distinctively against the light background but it needs something more.
I took the 2nd image I created into photoshop with the idea of creating an Autumn feel to the photos – I found a tutorial on selecting colours and enhancing them – which you can watch here and I was amazed at how much I could adjust the orginal image including adding lens flare on the gate where it meets the light.
I them took that image back into Lightroom and finished my editing process, adding a vignetting and just adjusting the black and whites slightly. it is amazing to see what can be accomplished from one image.
I then thought I would edited it further again in photoshop to change the feel of the image and I added a textured overlay. The differences are not extreme – but it now has a totally different feel and texture to the original image.