Friday night I decided to challenge myself with a different genre - concert photography. They say it's good to step out of your comfort zone. For me it was a pleasant distraction, from my usual landscape photography. Below is an image to demonstrate how post-processing can really change the look, feel and mood of a photograph. I envisioned this look and feel as soon as I saw the photo, then it was just moving the sliders in Lightroom to create my vision.
Here's the shot straight from the camera. A typical shot, well lit with nice composition - but honestly nothing very special/dramatic.
All edits were done in Lightroom. I wouldn't really know how to improve the image with the Nik software - it would take just too long for me to figure it out. First I removed the microphone with the Spot Removal Tool.
Now turn everything dark, dark dark. In Lighroom:
- Increased Contrast (+50)
- Dereased Blacks (-84)
- Decreased Highlights (-12)
- Decreased Shadows (-17)
- Decreased Whites (-100)
- Decreased Exposure (-0.85)
Onto the skin tones for a more natural look. In Lightroom:
- Decreased Saturation (-47)
- Increased Vibrance (+20)
- Increased Clarity (+12)
The finishing touches, in Lightroom:
- Warmed up the bass with Brush Tool
- Cloned out white dot near the elbow
- Added a heavy Vignette
EXIF data: Nikon D800, 300mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 1600, 11/8/13, 8:48 PM