I took this photo last year on a very overcast day. The lighting was very flat and a little “less than exciting.” Sometimes those “less than exciting” photos are the perfect candidate for a creative Lightroom edit. Today, I wanted to share a creative edit on this photo to give it a little extra flair.
You can watch the video or follow along with the screenshots below.
I first applied the Bejeweled V2 Preset from Pretty Presets Fine Art Film Collection. I love this preset. Tip: The Fine Art Film Collection also has lots of nice black and white presets.
Next, I added a bit more contrast by reducing my blacks a bit more and adding a little contrast.
Next, I moved over to the Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow set and clicked the Sharpening for Females/Babies Preset.
I used the 2-Bananas Preset also from the Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow set. This preset added some nice warmth, but a little too much for this photo. To dial it back a bit, I moved into the Split Toning panel and reduced the saturation in the highlights and shadows.
One of my favorite things about this photo is her subtly red hair and her blue sweater. I want to bring back a little of the red in her hair with a brush. I used the 4-5 PP Hair Add Contrast Brush from the Pretty Presets Perfect Portrait Brush Collection and added a bit of saturation to the brush. Then I brushed it over her hair.
Lastly, I added a graduated filter around the edges of the photo. I used the 4 Grad Colorful Background Graduated filter from the Graduated Filter Toolbox. I decreased the exposure a little more and then carefully drug two graduated filters on either side of her.
Viola! A nice creative edit that adds a little extra interest to this photo.