Spent most of the day working on the Raw Masterclass feature for the next issue, number 29, of Advanced Photographer.
I was keen to use Lightroom 4’s Taregtted Area Tools (TAT) and have fun with some slightly over the top colours. It took me quite a while to find an image that would suit that approach and I wanted something appropriate to the issue due out in mid-March, ie I didn’t want a vibrantly coloured autumn image but something for the coming spring.
I tried several images before I settled on this big wheel shot. I took it a few years ago on my Nikon D700 with a 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. It was a 15sec exposure but surprisingly the chap in the foreground with the pushchair came out pretty sharp.
The image needed some cloning, which is not one Ligthtroom 4’s strong points. Its Spot Removal tool is okay with small imperfections but I had to clone out a couple of figures. It took a little trial and error, especially taking out the big wheel operator, to get a convincing result. I could have taken the image into Photoshop but I wanted to stay within Lightroom 4.
Anyway, for the full tutorial check out the magazine, due out on 14 March.