Before and After: Window Light

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I’m going to start a series that will post every Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m calling it: Before and After. Each week I’ll pick an image and show the before and after and the settings. I’m usually a pretty clean edit type of gal. I like getting it right in camera so that the post-processing doesn’t take up a huge chunk of my time! My time is everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one is a clean edit.

I used to edit everything with a matte…but I tend to fall away from that now. I also used to use Photoshop for EVERYTHING. But I have a new found love for Lightroom. I use THAT for everything and I only use Photoshop for any major cleanup (but again, I try to get everything perfect or as close to perfect as I can in camera).

If you have any questions regarding editing, I’d be happy to help answer them! Also, for all you Lightroom users out there, I highly recommend readingย Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Classroom in a Bookย (or whatever Lightroom you have, they have books for each one). It helped me SO much in learning LR and it was probably one of the best purchases so far in my photography journey.

In the original, I got the exposure just about perfect to my taste. I use a preset that I made that brings up contrast, brings down highlights, adds a little clarity, and bump ups mid tones. From there I sloppily cloned out the chair (that would be a time when I bring it into Photoshop to really get it nice and clean, as Light room doesn’t do such a great job at this.) and fixed any white balance issues, and cropped in some. Viola! Clean edit. Super fast and super simple. I mean, it took me like 3 clicks!

Again, I highly suggest trying to get the scene and exposure how you want it IN camera. It makes it so much easier to process it. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

I am a photographer, a wife, a sister, and now a momma to be. I strive to capture the beauty in ordinary things. I love to photograph people, places, and things that I love and cherish. I am a lover of natural light, macro, lifestyle, and dark and moody images. I am a die hard Nikon fan, I love yellow starbursts, I am a pianist, and I am obsessed with photography, maybe a little too much!

7 Comments

  1. Deborah Garman
    August 5, 2016

    Wow, love that after shot. The tones are so vivid.

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    1. Alyssa Ahern
      August 12, 2016

      Thank you, Deb!!

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  2. Chrissy Mazer
    August 5, 2016

    I love the idea of this series!! Great information, I can’t wait to read next week’s!

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    1. Alyssa Ahern
      August 12, 2016

      Thank you, Chrissy! <3

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  3. Chanel
    August 8, 2016

    Love this edit, Aly! Beautiful job!

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    1. Alyssa Ahern
      August 12, 2016

      Thank you, Chanel!

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  4. Claudia Hagan
    August 18, 2016

    Great edit work!!!, learning a lot from you…the idea of the series is great! I can’t wait until tomorrow!
    I signed up to get the notifications when you post!!!!

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