When I previously published images which I had shot with Olympus' new M.Zuiko 40-150mm PRO zoom, there was a question if I could show how I process my images. This is the first of two blogs on this issue.
To start with, I must first stress that this is not meant to be a Lightroom tutorial. For me shooting with my camera in the way I shoot and post-processing in a certain way in Lightroom (plus Photoshop) is one process. You can´t separate those two. Actually there is more than just one workflow because I have various aims with various subject matter. This one is the most basic one - and the most used for me
Exposing in Camera
When I set my exposure in camera, I use my version of a method called "exposing to the right", ETTR. I have a couple of blogs about it and you can find those if you go to Search&Tags. The cameras mentioned there are Olympus PEN E-P3 and OM-D EM-5, but what I write is applicable to any PEN or OM-D camera at least since E-P3.
Opening in Lightroom
My version of ETTR is aimed to give a certain starting point for adjustments when images open in Lightroom Development module.
My reader who asked for this blog used the term "magazine look" when writing about my images. Maybe it could also be called with other names, like "super natural". I have sort of a philosophy for this kind of "album style" images. They belong to a tradition which started in 1970's in color (art) photography. Without going deeper there, I just give here the basis for the look of my this sort of images:
Simple as that
These simple steps show how the look for my "album style" images is achieved - and this image would now be ready for final sharpening. Also, many times I feel that images need some local adjustments. Just to get the balance right. Here maybe some darkening of right lower corner and perhaps some more contrast to the sky in left upper corner... Like said, I will write about sharpening next time. If there are any images in my galleries which would be nice to see "opened up", I could show post-processing steps for some of those also...