Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop workflow

by Mark on 1 Comment.

I braved the inclement horribly shitty weather to take some photos of the Abbey church on Eglinton Street.

As I have a terminal lack of anything to do tonight, I’m going to fill in some of my workflow on the photo. The first step is to actually get the photos from my memory card, for which I use a shell script. It does nothing exciting and I don’t accept any responsibility if it accidentally dumps ten thousand photos into one folder (which happened to me). There’s not much to say for the script, it takes all the .cr2 files from the memory card and places them under ~/Pictures/Imports in a subfolder, going by today’s date – 2006-12-31.

After that, I import the photos to Lightroom:

Digital image processing workflow

Normally I’d use the raw editor to screw with whatever aspect of the photo needed screwing with, but in this case I wanted to compose a HDR shot in Photoshop, so I just exported the three photos I wanted to tiff format and used the HDR function in Photoshop to create the final photo. I used Photomatix before, but in 90% of shots people go utterly overboard with tone mapping, which leads to a horribly fake and cartoony image, which was never to my tastes when it came to HDR.

Digital image processing workflow

Creating a HDR photo in Photoshop is insanely easy if you have good shots taken, so I’ll skip on the detailed instructions. Suffice to say, to pick File-> Automate-> Merge to HDR, click a few buttons and go get a coffee if that’s your thing. At this point I’ve composed the HDR, converted it to 16-bit for ease of work and straightened it:

Digital image processing workflow

I’ve started working in layers where I can, I did a lot of tweaking of colours and lighting, with a little clone work for a few annoying cables and wires that were in the church:

Digital image processing workflow

Squinting at the above picture, I had layers for the shadow/highlight tool, levels, hue/saturation, curves, colours and the channel mixer. And behold, the final shot:

Digital image processing workflow

Behold, the final work:

The Abbey Church, Galway

I’d like to have added some information on the church, but any result on Google with the word “Galway” in it seems to be buried under ten pages of results for hotels and hostels. Fie, in short and off the top of my head:

The Abbey is about 800 years old, although it is truer to say that the Franciscan order has had a presence on this site since 1296; construction of the current (third) church began in 1781 and was completed in 1834. The site has seen many other uses down through the centuries, and between the 1500′s and 1700′s it housed a court of law.

It was a noted building located inside the walls of Galway, hard by one of the city gates and the church (and order) became quite affluent as people would pop into the church after a journey to give thanks to god for a safe trip or at the beginning of a journery to pray for safe one.

This was because right up until the 1800′s, connemara was literally the wild west of Ireland, and you’d often be taking your life into your hands travelling through there because of the hard conditions and highway men.

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