Photo101 Rehab Hosts: Image Reboot #4


I’m happy to be back for the 4th Image Reboot, where we share some photo editing techniques to rescue or enhance an ordinary photograph. You can find the previous posts by searched for #imagereboot in the Reader.

I’ve had some people ask about some hints and tips around getting started with Lightroom – importing and cataloguing etc, so I will do that in Image Reboot #5 in August.

This month, I’m taking a photo from my back garden. I really like this plant, actually it belongs to my neighbour but it hangs over my fence slightly. We had one of these when I was growing up. The fine, feather pink petals close up overnight. I was quite taken with the water droplet on the petals but as you can see below, it doesn’t look so great on camera.

Spiky Pink Plant_before-1

Here’s where some editing comes in!

  • In Lightroom, I have a Noise Reduction and Camera Correction preset which I applied.
  • I played around with cropping the image and went very harsh on the final crop, focussing on the one flower.
  • Decreased exposure slightly to -0.45 to add a little drama (you know me!)
  • Increase contrast to +52
  • Brought down the highlights to -69 to dampen some of the brightness of the light behind the tree
  • Increased shadows to +57 and whites to +61 to lighten up the plant itself
  • Decreased blacks to -58 and increased clarity to +75 to sharpen the plant and add to the high contrast of the image and enhance those water droplets

Spiky Pink Plant_after-1


I’m happy with the final image and really love those water droplets.

What do you think? Have you tried something like this before or do you have a photo that you could try some image-reboot-editing to and share with us? If so, take your post #imagereboot and pop your link in the comments section.

x desleyjane


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29 thoughts on “Photo101 Rehab Hosts: Image Reboot #4

    1. Thanks Lois. I had scrapped the original colour photo actually. But I was digging around and thought that there might be something nice hiding in there. Thanks so much.


      1. Thanks for the answer. I suspected that you might if you use Lightroom. I just don’t have enough time to spend on processing images, because I post far too many! Maybe if I cut down… 🙂

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        1. 🙂 it can be quite time consuming but I do enjoy the process. I probably start with 150 images and find I end up with about 50 to process. That takes me about 90 minutes in front of the TV at night or on the weekend.


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