Hello there! It’s @desleyjane here 🙂
At the beginning of 2015, Lucile and I discussed the idea of introducing a new feature to the RehabClinic and that is where Image Reboot was born. The idea was for me to share my editing process, initially to rescue a photograph that perhaps didn’t look so good. However, as I’ve experimented in Lightroom, I have really enjoyed creating some extreme edits. For those who have been following along, you know I love macro shots and particularly minimal macro, with a strong white background. I’ve been asked a few times lately how I get this background, so today, for #imagereboot I decided to show you how I usually go about it.
I would love it if you take some of these tips on board and share an image that you’ve rebooted. You can use the tag imagereboot and link back to this post.
A few weeks back, I cut some rosebuds for the weekly photo challenge Trio and kept them in some test tubes that I had in my living room (yes, I’m a scientist, but truthfully, they were from Target and had come full of jellybeans 😜). I quite liked that shape that this rosebud made as it opened so I took a few shots. I chose this shot because it has a few issues and I wanted to show you how I “repair” it. A quick note on my setup – I did this after work one day, so it was after 5:30 with the light fading, so I dragged my little white coffee table over by the window and set the test tubes there. I have white sheer curtains with a large print on them, so that is what’s behind them. Here’s the shot, straight out of the camera:
So here’s the process to reboot this image.
- Crop, Level and Resize. I haven’t lined up this shot very well, so it needs to be slightly rotated left. I also thought it would look great as a panorama shape, so I resized to 16×9 in my crop.
- Don’t be afraid of increasing exposure in editing. This is how we get the white background. Basically, I increased the exposure until I removed the background satisfactorily, and was happy with the whiteness. This is a little wishy washy, although it would be great to overlay some text at this point. However, don’t worry! I’ll bring back the flower. This one is at an exposure of +4.10, which is quite high!
- Tone down the effects of the overexposure, by bringing back the shadow detail – you do this by moving the shadow slider down to the left. In this image below, it’s to -75. This brings back some colour but also detail in the petals, while leaving the background that crisp white that I love.
- Add contrast and clarity for further detail. Now we bring back the depth in the image by increase contrast (+51) and clarity (+51). I also took out some black level by increasing it (+50) because I think the “dreaminess” of this image calls for a lighter tone.
- Lower the highlights (-75) to finally clean up any more stark whiteness within the flower (slightly overexposed areas). I also like to adjust the white level at this point, increasing it (+50) to really pack a punch in the final image.
What do you think?? I would love it if you try these tips for yourself and share your result.
Wishing you all the very best for the holiday season.