Photo101 Rehab Hosts: Image Reboot 5


Welcome to the fifth instalment of our Image Reboot – in partnership with Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic. You can find the previous ones by searching for #imagereboot in the Reader.

As enthusiastic photography enthusiasts, we wanted to include some editing techniques here – I installed Lightroom about a year ago and have taught myself the basics of photo editing, really just using trial and error in the beginning to see what worked and what didn’t. Then I did a lot of reading and have managed to make some good edits as a result.

Before we get started, take a look at some of the cool image rebooting that others have done over the last month:

Thanks so much for participating, some great drama created here 🙂

Now onto this month’s reboot. I took this photo on my lunch break while at work in Cambridge (a week-long conference). It was a really busy day and there was a lot of noise and I really needed to escape for a few minutes. So, I took my camera and dashed outside to photograph these flowers – I thought they were really pretty as I stood under the tree looking straight up at them. It was an overcast day, not especially good light, but it was great to get away for a few minutes.

The photos were nice, but didn’t seem to be quite what I wanted and I went back inside. I processed them as I usually would and was reasonably happy with the result. However, when I was looking for a new photo for Image Reboot, I went back and tried some more of the extreme editing that I had mentioned in the last Reboot.

Here is the original, unedited photo:Pink Flower - before-1

To do some “extreme editing”, here is my process:

  • Since I shoot in RAW, I applied noise reduction and camera correction first
  • Next I cropped the image to remove the building on the right and the extra piece of plant on the left
  • I wanted a clean background so I increased the exposure substantially, to +2.15
  • I then decreased contrast to -25 which brought out a little more detail in the flowers
  • For a little more detail, I brought the highlights down to -25
  • I then increased the shadows level to +24
  • To really whiten the background, I increased the white level to +92
  • And to bring out the image details, I moved the black level to -59
  • To sharpen up the image a little, I increased clarity to +37
  • Finally, to add some colour, I increased vibrance to +81 and saturation to +51

Here’s my edited image. I’m really happy with the result and it’s become my desktop image on my Mac. I really love it.Pink Flower - after-1

I hope you like this image as much as I do. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. I’ve done a black and white version and a more natural version as well, which I also like, but I’m a bit of a fan of this cleaner and more extreme image.

If you’d like to get involved, please feel free to do your own Image Reboot and link back to this post (#imagereboot). Alternatively, I can give you a copy of the image so that you can try the editing yourself.

Now, I promised to give you some hints and tricks on getting started with Lightroom as well. I started to write this for you but found that someone else has already done a fantastic job of showing you how to get started in Lightroom – you can find all the information at this link here. If you have any questions at all about what you read there, feel free to ask me for help.

Happy Editing!!
x desleyjane –


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


Tech of the month: Black & White

From Perelincolors for Lucile’s Photo Rehab:

Hillary from JapanCanMix (not so) recently asked me how to take great B&W photos. Obviously, I did not have a good answer. But her question made me think about this. Like, really think about it. Only a few days later, we went to see Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis exhibition. While walking through the exhibition, I looked for clues. I am still not an expert but here are my conclusions:
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I long for BadFish posts. And when I get the notification with his link to the Photo Rehab, I know my day will be complete.
This one is no exception.

The seven shades of disappointment in a rainbow, flowed in a very smooth and sensitive manner, slowly bringing me to pause and pay attention in every single word. I felt there was a surprise coming up from your inertia, though. Words full of subtle meaning building up, preparing to surprise me at the end.
The colorful and breathtaking photos popping up as a fresh breeze, sending away the smell of cigarettes, incense and butt.
Then you knocked me out of the ring with these words:
” Sometimes, apparently, you are the person you are right now, not the one you’d planned to be. And everything is still all right in the world.”
I resurfaced and kept my cool, avidly reading…but you came back with no mercy..
“Sometimes, maybe you actually want the law of inertia to kick in, you want things to remain the same, you want Pluto to be a planet, you want buildings to stand where they always have, you want friends to be there when you return.”
I miss my bro, whose birthday would be today, and I can not go to the party, for he might live in Pluto right now.
You didn’t make me sad. On the contrary. Harmony comes with tasting sweet and sour and recognizing the differences. The Beatles are right after all. Let it Be.

Thanks BadFish. Another masterpiece.

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Lei vendor -- with all the colors of the rainbow Lei vendor — with all the colors of the rainbow

WHEN MY AIRBUS A330 LANDS IN KATMANDU’S Tribhuvan International Airport, my heart leaps with what might be called sheer excitement. Joy. Satisfaction. Wonder. Anticipation. As though this were my first journey anywhere. I have been waiting to visit Katmandu for years. And ten years earlier, I had actually been on my way and traveled half-way here, but I got side tracked in Thailand by a dubious and eclectic group of new-found friends, by a beach and a house with a view any gypsy would be proud to call home for a while, by a spiritual entity with a leaning toward sensuality, and by some pretty-heavy-duty Thai flowers. None of us smoked and certainly would never have inhaled; we just liked looking at the dried flowers and the ingenious way the Thais bundled the stuff with sticks—Asian capitalist marketing at its…

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Photo101 Rehab Hosts: Image Reboot #3

Reboot Welcome again to Image Reboot, a joint feature between Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab (bridging lacunas) and myself (musings of a frequent flying scientist). Lucile asked me if I would write a monthly feature outlining what I’ve learnt about editing my photographs and I was honoured to do so. I use LightRoom 5, I need to upgrade to version 6 soon. I’ve taught myself as I go, just working out what looks good through trial and error. There’s a lot more for me to learn and I’m looking forward to doing that one day when I have time. Lucile presented a brilliant reboot last month, where she rescued an image that was overexposed, here is a little preview, but pop by and read about what she did.

Now, on to this month’s image. In the first two Image Reboot posts (ImageReboot#1 and ImageReboot#2), I did some quite extreme edits, pushing the boundaries of exposure, contrast and black and white levels. This month, I wanted to do something a little more mainstream, something that I hope you will find useful. Here’s my original image, straight from the camera: 201506_ImageReboot_original-1 It was taken in the evening at Bondi Beach in Sydney, it was quite dark and while I used manual settings for aperture (f/4.0), shutter speed (1/5s) and ISO (800), I let the camera decide the White Balance (which I usually do). I find the image to be quite muted. Obviously my levelling was bad – I think I was composing for the land, but completely ignored the horizon. So I knew I would have to correct the horizon by straightening the image. So here’s the process I went through:

  • import into LightRoom with my preset (noise reduction and lens correction)
  • I then straightened the horizon and cropped slightly because the guy sitting down on the left was cut in half by the lens correction
  • next, i increased exposure just slightly (+0.2) to brighten the image a little, make it less muted
  • I then increased the contrast (+26) and highlights (+26) to sharpen up the colours
  • I decreased shadows (-26) which means that the shadows become a little darker – I find that this helps with creating a more contrasted image
  • To complete the level contrast, I increased the white level (+25) and decreased the black level (-27) then boosted clarity (+24)
  • Finally, something we haven’t talked about before is adjusting the white balance. The camera white balance was set to auto and this usually works pretty well, but since it was quite dark, it seems to have taken the colours more towards blue and I think that’s what has contributed to the overall “muted-ness” of the image. So, I increased the temperature (+5) and increased the tint (7.4k). These numbers don’t tell us much, but in the white balance adjustment area, the sliders are coloured. Temperature is coloured blue through to orange – which equates to cool through to warm.
  • I wanted to reduce the amount of blue, so I warmed up the image by moving it towards orange. You get immediate feedback on the image itself, so you can easily see where to stop.
  • The tint slider is coloured green through pink. Once I’d removed some of the blue in the step above, I noticed that the image was still a little green, so a very small adjustment towards the pink end of the slider gave me the result I wanted.

Here is my final image: 201506_ImageReboot_Edit-1 Finally, I thought I would show you how I would then convert to black and white. It’s not necessarily as straightforward as clicking the “black and white” button. It can be, but I find that black and white images do well with a little more boosting to contrast and clarity. Here’s what I did:

  • convert to black and white
  • decreased the contrast (-22) – this actually brings out more detail in the buildings
  • I pushed the clarity all the way up (+100) to provide more crispness to the details in those buildings
  • I pulled down the black levels (-75), white levels (-27), shadows (-46) and upped the highlights (+54) which all served to give the image some contrast – separating the black and white parts
  • The image ended up a little dark at this point, so I increased exposure (+0.8)
  • I felt like this image would look good in a panoramic crop so I cropped to 16:9 – this let me put the seated guy back in the image on the far left 😉

Here it is! What do you think? 201506_ImageReboot_Edit-2 There’s something about black and white beach scenes. I love them in colour, and usually they look amazing in colour, but the serenity of a black and white beach scene really makes me happy. Anyway, that’s it for this month. We’d love to hear back from you. If you’d like to have a go at this yourself, that would be great. I can share the image with you, or you can use your own image. If you do, please tag your post with imagereboot and link back to this post. x desleyjane