How to turn a bad snapshot into a great fine art black and white with Lightroom

May 16, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to turn a bad snapshot into a great fine art black and white with Lightroom

May 16, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I’ve never been a massive fan of the whole “Fix it in Photoshop” (or Lightroom, in this case) mentality, but it does undoubtedly offer its benefits, especially when the conditions under which you’re able to get the shot may be out of your control.

In this video from Swiss landscape photographer and YouTuber, YuriFineart, we see a technique that allows us to go from a simple snapshot into something a little more interesting.

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Starting off with the typical snap many of us might grab during a holiday or day out on an overcast day, Yuri takes us through the process from starting with this…

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…an image that would likely be either deleted or simply forgotten about until the end of time, into this…

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…which has one or two noticeable issues, but is still a whole lot better than the original.

While much of the choices made in the video are based solely on personal taste, it’s a great introduction to a variety of processes and techniques available within Lightroom to improve the processing on your images.

 

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “How to turn a bad snapshot into a great fine art black and white with Lightroom”

  1. Jan Terpstra Avatar
    Jan Terpstra

    One cannot turn a crappy snapshot into “Great Fine Art”.

    1. Peter Brown Avatar
      Peter Brown

      He did make it a lot better though

    2. Jan Terpstra Avatar
      Jan Terpstra

      No, he didn’t. You can’t turn a turd into a birthday cake.

      1. Crimson Hikari Avatar
        Crimson Hikari

        Well, you can, but it would be the world’s worst birthday cake.

    3. Ron Rosedale Avatar
      Ron Rosedale

      You can polish a turd, but all you have then is a polished turd.

  2. Meng Tian Avatar
    Meng Tian

    yeah that’s the old black and white trick xD

  3. Steve Duffey Avatar
    Steve Duffey

    Does this come under the category of, “Don’t spend time polishing your turds”?…looks ok and perhaps it’s my monitor, but the whites look muddy.

  4. Hector Macias Avatar
    Hector Macias

    There’s are no bad pictures. Just different opinions

  5. Aštar Šeran Avatar
    Aštar Šeran

    His voice remind me of Oliver Age 24. Also final products are of similar quality.