Northern New York landscapes (and Lightroom experiments)

Last week, I bought the Lightroom Classic CC Video Book by Tony Northrup to learn more about some of the features of Adobe Lightroom CC that I haven’t used much or didn’t feel like I understood. The book and accompanying video cover a lot of ground, and I’m only through the first quarter or so, but I decided to try using what I learned so far about radial and graduated filters; adjusting hue, saturation, and luminance; adjusting sharpness; and working with noise reduction. The photos below were taken in northern New York during several trips to visit my family and seemed like decent landscape photos to try out some of the techniques. You can select the first image to begin a slideshow.

The videos and book show detailed practical examples of enhancing photos Lightroom. I learned a lot in a few hours, much more than I’ve been able to figure out on my own, and paused the video often to experiment with my own photos. Below are a couple of before and after images for comparison (the last two gallery pictures above). Click the first image and page through all four to see the effects of the adjustments I applied in Lightroom. One thing that fascinates me is that these adjustments helped restore the images so they match how I remember these scenes … or at least how I think I remember them!

Thanks for reading and taking a look.

Bye for now!

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5 thoughts on “Northern New York landscapes (and Lightroom experiments)

  1. It sounds like that was a worthwhile investment. I love experimenting with Lightroom and what you can do really is amazing. The last two photos show it. It’s nice for this New Yorker to see your photos – though I was born in Michigan and now live in Washington State, I grew up in New York and spent many years there. We lived in Syracuse when I was in elementary school, then Orchard Park for a few years, then New Jersey. I went to college in NYC and stayed there, or near there, for decades. I’ll go take a look now at your blog – and thanks for the follow, I appreciate it!

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    1. The more I use Lightroom, the more it impresses me. I still have a lot to learn, and I think what I learn about Lightroom helps me better understanding what’s going on with me and the camera when I’m taking photos — especially things like white balance, exposure, light and color, and focus. I want to dive into Photoshop some this year also; Tony Northrup has a similar book called “Photoshop CC Essentials for Photographers” that I just started — looks good! Thanks for the comment, much appreciated.

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