Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simple Correction With Lightroom

 Early January I had a post with images from Niagara Falls taken late evening with a 28mm lens, 
1/10 sec and ISO 640.  These images was taken without the use of a tripod. 

I was asked a few questions about how I "tweaked" my night images to make them turn out the way they do.
I'll show how it is possible with a few controls in Lightroom to take an average image and turn it into a reasonably good image.

This is the original image. Flat and with a lot of noise.

Adding brightness and filling in little light makes the first improvement. :)

By adding more brightness the noise become more visible.

By adding luminance the noise is reduced.

And, here is the image used in the post.

More could have been done with this image with Photoshop, but that can wait for another time :)


Elaine said...

Excellent results. Thansk for the instructions. I just loaded PSE9 on my laptop and a 30 day trial for Lightroom came with it. When I get it loaded I will have to try this, but I want to wait until I know I will have time to play around with it.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Be sure you have time to test Lightroom. 30 days goes fast :) Personally I have to wait until I'm home before I test any trail programs. During the ten weeks I'm on duty there is no time for any of this :) You will find a few links on my blog under the "Blog List" that maybe can be useful. Have fun with PS and LR :)

Coy Hill said...

Excellent illustration of what post processing can do to an image transforming a ho-hum image into a thing of beauty.

KaHolly said...

Wow, I had no idea one could do this. It's great!