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Edit My Photo Episode 4 - Adding Flare/Haze in Lightroom vs Photoshop

edit my photo Sep 02, 2020

Welcome to Episode 4 of the Edit My Photo Challenge!

In my Learn Pet Photography Facebook group, we run monthly editing challenges. How it works is:

  • I provide one of my RAW images for group members to download and edit
  • They post their final edits of my photo
  • From all the submissions, I choose a “winner”
  • The winner then submits one of their images for me to edit!

I love these challenges (and so do my students!) because it’s so interesting to see how different people’s individual styles and editing techniques can completely transform an image in so many different ways.

For me - editing the winner’s image gives me the opportunity to demonstrate new pet photography editing techniques!

If you’d like to join us in the private Facebook group for Learn Pet Photography so you can participate in these challenges, you just need to be a member of the Learn Pet Photography website by purchasing a course, or enrolling in some free training.

With her amazing colourful edit of my twilight photo, Tiffany was the winner of this month’s challenge. Knowing she’s an accomplished photographer, I asked for her to submit a tricky RAW file for me to edit, so I could demonstrate something cool for you guys - brightening a dark image and adding some sunshine flare and haze!

To give you some extra tools to add to you editing box of tricks, I thought it would be fun to create the same effect in both Photoshop AND Lightroom. I’d love to hear what you think and which is your favourite technique - and why!

Watch the edit from start to finish, or fast-track using the time codes below.

0:00 - Intro
1:02 - Editing challenge winner
1:20 - Winner's image to edit
1:33 - Editing plan'
2:35 - Histogram analysis
3:24 - Brightening up the image
4:58 - Exif data
5:14 - More global adjustments
5:27 - Dealing with areas of sky that are blown out
5:55 - Creating a virtual copy
6:08 - Adding a flare effect in Lightroom
10:17 - With and without the flare comparison
10:30 - Adding a flare effect in Photoshop
15:08 - Comparing the edited images
16:01 - Personal preference
16:44 - Conclusion/Outro
17:40 - Tidying up in Photoshop (Speed Edit)
19:59 - Before and Afters

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