Before/After using lightroom

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I knew I wanted to capture the colors in the sunset behind Lynette so I new I had to under expose the ambient light. I set the 430exII flash to High Speed Sync and off to the left with a white umbrella fired at full power.

As you can see from the original file, the sky looks blown out. But with the magic of lightroom and the flexibility with the 14 bit RAW file I was able to save a lot of the color and detail. All I did was use the Exposure brush with the auto mask function to bring down the sky and add some saturation.

ISO: 800
F: 2.8
1/2500th sec

For a more detailed explanation, visit my Blog.
Before and After: Bridal Portrait Editing

♥ Caroline [Caroline+Ben Photography], and 51 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Lynette J 69 months ago | reply

    I freaking love this And I love how my tan lines made straps that didn't exist! hahahaha :)

  2. telwink 69 months ago | reply

    Wow, really nice work.

  3. Dave Owens Photo 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Passionate about portraits, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Beautiful work. I LOVE lightroom it is a blessing to us, speed, organising and editing all in one. Your work is fantastic. Nice one.

  4. JamesGriff 69 months ago | reply

    Very nice bro!

  5. CommonVee 69 months ago | reply

    Great post work Ben! The shot in itself is really nice, but the post makes it fantastic.

  6. rick.garcia1970 66 months ago | reply

    I was searching flickr for "High Speed Sync" and stumbled on your post. I went to your blog to see how you did it. All I can say is "Today, I am the luckiest man. man. man...on the face of the earth. earth. earth.." Thank you for this!

  7. aquaphotoboy 66 months ago | reply

    very nice mate! im in the process of learning lightroom.... Im a ps user for long time, but never had the time to look into lightroom.

  8. CaliLovr 66 months ago | reply

    I love it!
    I read your blog and was wondering how did you make the bride 'lit up'?
    Since I'm a beginner and can't afford special lighting at the moment, I always wondered if you could do it in photoshop or Lightroom?


  9. Ben Godkin [Caroline+Ben Photography] SWPB 66 months ago | reply

    I lit her using 1 canon 430exII speedlight triggered by a Pocket Wizard Flex on High Speed sync shot through a white umbrella.

  10. CaliLovr 66 months ago | reply

    I can see the light on her in the Before, but how did you get her to be so bright on her face on the After? Photoshop? LR?

    *Sorry for the stupid question*

  11. Ben Godkin [Caroline+Ben Photography] SWPB 66 months ago | reply

    Pump up the exposure and fill light. Maybe use an exposure brush in lightroom to increase exposure on the face similar to what I did to darken the background.

  12. Sigfredo (The universe is totally amazing) 62 months ago | reply

    I think Before & After Group group would suit your photo very well. I suggest you to take a look at that group.

  13. J's Photoshop 60 months ago | reply

    love this shot

  14. Jonny Mason 57 months ago | reply

    Lovely composition, and the colour saturation really compliments the atmosphere of the photo.
    I especially love the cloud texture in the final result, such detail.

  15. Antoine Grid [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Excellent! Nway Photos.

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