A few weeks ago I took a great shot. Here how it was post produced, from the camera to the final image.
Straight from Camera
This is how the image looks when just imported to Lightroom. All the sliders are set to default.
Exposure and white balance
I took this shot in a fraction of a second and I realised only after that my camera was set to -2EV. Of course it would be better to have a perfect exposure in camera but in this case it was a necessary correction. A good reason to always shoot RAW.
I love that gritty strong contrast on the edges. It’s my personal taste, especially for my street work.
I shot this pic with a AF Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8 at 100ISO, 1/180th, f2.8. This lens introduces quite a bit of distortion and I always prefer to correct it. Look at the difference after this step.
This is how the picture looks like as soon as I import it into Silver Efex. No depth, no contrast, no emotions.
Street BW Preset
I have my personal preset for my street photography. It has been refined on my taste in the last few months. It’s just one click away, but it required a lot of adjustments to get there. The image is almost finished, it requires just a final fine tuning.
This is the final image, fine tuned and sharpened. I love it. 🙂