Posts in Category: Lessons in Lightroom

Revisited #7: Disaster Tourism in Taiwan

The next in the revisited series. A topical photograph that was critiqued way back in 2015. I don’t remember the critique comments, except that it seemed lacking in focus, photographers were puzzled why I took it, I think! I realize that this photograph’s composition can’t be redone, but I think some cropping can improve it.

Disaster Tourism: Ship on the North Coast of Taiwan

So that was the original image. I was intrigued originally by how people were interested in disasters, so my subject was actually not the disaster but the bystanders. Some were chatting, watching, playing, and feeling hungry. On subsequent thoughts, I realized that I should have stayed a little longer and taken more photographs of the scene. Anyways.


The ship had run aground during bad weather in March 2016. Taipei Times reported the story several times. First here. The disaster caused pollution, a helicopter accident with several unfortunately killed, and affected fishing grounds around the area. The image was taken in early June, when the weather was much better, and after salvage operations had already begun. The process took about 5 months, according to the Taipei Times.

The most obvious changes to the image include a lot of cropping external elements to tighten the story. I’m happier that the result focuses a little more on the original intent of capturing life against a disaster: one normal one abnormal! Throughout the workflow, the only notable changes were a more aggressive reduction in exposure of almost 1 stop, more aggressive shadow reduction, and playing with hues to get the image brighter.

Gallery: Original, Lightroom, 2018 Edition

1/125 sec @ f9 on ISO100 shot on a Fujifilm SL-260 in 2016. 1st Export at 250Kb showed issues with blown out clouds, 2nd export (above) showed unnecessary purple in the clouds. The image was slightly overexposed and saved in JPG format, so some data has been lost. I present the updated edit here.

I really have to thank Kenny Paul for teaching me about white balance. I’d come across the concept but didn’t know how to really work it… so my experiments had failed initially. Thanks, I owe you a tinny!

I also owe Craig Ferguson a big thanks for highlighting a very good way to improve the composition! Can you guess?


White Balanced but imperfect!


What would you choose? Yingge Market #5 of 10

The two pictures are shown in random order. Let me know which you prefer: B&W or Color?

Revisited #5: Zhonghe Street – Cosplay Character with Man

The next in the series:

Can you spot the differences? The first image was completely unedited before export, but the 2nd was lightly edited in Lightroom. I boosted a lot of features in the 3rd, can you guess which? Follow the discussion on FB Photowalkers.

Color or Eilean Donan Castle: What would you choose? Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland #4 of 10


The two pictures are shown in random order. Let me know which you prefer: B&W or Color?

EditmyRAW #2: Boy in the Park by SilentGuardianBB

After the building challenge a few weeks ago, I thought I’d try another RAW edit from Reddit/EditmyRAW. This time it’s a portrait of a kid in a playground on a swing. I quite like the image, and turns out so did many other RAWeditors!

The Original Image

The images was taken by a Redditor called SilentGuardianBB on a Canon Rebel SL1 with the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens. Settings are: f4 @ 1/200 on ISO400. Uncropped the raw file came in at 22MB! So there’s plenty of data to play with, and tighter cropping should still result in a fairly decent image. However, I noticed that the boy’s face was a little fuzzy, probably due to the f4 setting.

The other thing I noted is how much less grain there is on this photo even at ISO400 compared to my NIKON D3000. It shoots more like ISO200. In fact, even my old Fujifilm shoots ISO400 better.

So here’s the edited image. I’ve already cropped it quite a lot. You can check out the other images in the discussion.

The original image seemed a little dull and lifeless, so I made a lot of changes. I didn’t dare play with the Tone Curve! Pity!