Edit the file in any way you wish, using whatever software you wish. Save your finished result as a jpg file. Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great if you included some text describing what you did.
I can’t guarantee that all results will be posted on the site but I’ll put up as many as possible.
The results below illustrate a number of points:
RAW files contain a huge amount of information which can be recovered in post-processing. The original RAW file is dark, shadow areas are muddy and highlights are flat and lack any sparkle. All of this can be addressed in post-processing. This has changed the way I take photographs. In the olden days I would be trying to TAKE the best picture I could in camera. With digital, I set out to make sure I have captured all the information I need to MAKE the best picture I can.
Post-processing can be used to correct flaws in the original image. This image wasn’t quite straight and there were several fuzzy birds and a variety of other unwanted blobs in the sky. All very easy to fix in post.
The different interpretations of the same shot are testimony to the subjectivity of photography. We all see differently when we take photographs and we all choose to interpret them differently in post-processing.
The processed images are grouped into ‘straight edits’ and ‘not so straight edits’.
I began with the usual global adjustments – lens correction, chromatic aberration and some extra sharpening (59).
Then I cropped the image to a 2:1 format, bringing it in a little on each side and losing a little of the foreground and a lot of the sky.
Next was a series of tonal and colour adjustments. My intention was to create the desired result for the sky in the first instance. I also added a 10% increase in clarity to add slightly more detail to the sky.
Next I created a virtual copy and concentrated on the trees. This time the adjustments were intended to recover detail in the trees. I upped the exposure by half a stop, increased shadows to 100%, increased whites to 15% and added 15% to the texture slider.
Finally I exported both copies to Photoshop using ‘Edit as layers in Photoshop’.
I started with 2 layers – one where I would use the sky and foreground, the other where I would use only the trees.
I used a combination of filters in Color Efex Pro with the sky/foreground layer with the intention of softening the clouds.
I copied this layer and made all of it darker using the Lightness slider in the Hue/ Saturation/ Luminance filter. I then created a simple mask using the lasso tool and converted that to a layer mask so only the foreground was visible.
This resulted in the sky and the foreground I wanted but the trees were still far too dark.
Next I created a luminosity mask to isolate the trees from the background. I applied this mask to the Trees layer.
At this point I had 3 layers:
a bottom layer with the sky as I wanted it
a middle layer containing a darker foreground only
a top layer containing only trees
I adjusted the masks in the top two layers by ‘painting’ details in with a white brush, or out using a black brush.
I used ‘Merge Visible’ to combine all 3 layers into a single layer with the almost final result.
Last of all, I removed a large number of sensor spots, fuzzy birds and other extraneous marks in the sky. (Yes.. I know I should have done that first in Lightroom!)
Alastair Forbes – Cammo Monochrome
Neil McCoubrey – Cammo Landscape
This version is inspired by Dutch Landscape painting. It was the sky that prompted this interpretation.
Nick Prior – Cammo Mono
‘Not so straight’ Edits
Alan Thomson – Cammo Landscape
A hint of Photoshop
A dab of images
A stir of little boat
Voila, RAW Challenges
Nick Prior – Cammo Flage
After a fairly standard Highlights/Shadows/Whites/Blacks adjustment in Lightroom.
Edit in Photoshop: create a duplicate layer and apply the Crystallize filter to it. Then reduce the Opacity of this new layer to about 50% so the trees in the background layer just show through. All done!
Norman Dodds – Cammo at night
(You need to click this one!)
Nick Prior – Cammo Challenge 3
Again after a fairly standard Highlights/Shadows/Whites/Blacks adjustment in Lightroom.
Edit in Photoshop and play with the Liquify filter, drawing out little peaks from the hill in the background, and swirling around the blackbird in the sky, all until you get bored!
Alan Thomson – Cammo Landscape 2
Sanity is curable by taking a large dose of Photoshop at least once a day…I take two!
Nick Prior – Cammo Challenge 3
Simpler processing in PS but with some further adjustments and added blackbird ….!