Before and After – Ellen + Tobey

I’ve been playing around with Lightroom and Photoshop to help give my photos a little different look. Its really incredible how powerful these tools are to completely change the feel and look of a photo. Below are examples of the same photo after running it through Lightroom and Photoshop.

Original Photo Straight Out of the Camera.
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Photo after making exposure, contrast and saturation adjustments in Lightroom.
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The final image after running some actions in Photoshop.
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  • ellen

    i guess i'm not a real photographer cuz i still like the original photo the best out of all 3. 🙂

  • Its really a matter of preference. Some people like pictures that don't have alot of processing while others like it. Personally, I like both.

  • ellen

    if it makes you feel better…i asked tobey which picture he likes best..and he picked #3. when i asked him why he said…”cuz it looks better out of all 3″ 🙂

  • He has a good eye! Maybe I should get him a nice little point & shoot for his birthday so he can take his own pictures. He knows how to use one better than mom and dad. 🙂

  • I actually really like #2 bc it has less grain. However, I also like grain and texture, so #3 is nice too!

    1PicADay is hard isn't it?

  • So my little Samsung point-and-shoot broke while I was on tour. I am planning to really invest in a high-end camera and buy a new point-and-shoot later. What would you recommend in a reasonably priced digital SLR camera? I really look forward to what you have in mind. 🙂

  • First off, I'm a Canon guy so I'm sort've biased towards Canon. But you can't really go wrong with Nikon either. There are some really good entry level dslr like the Canon XSi(~$700) or the newer Canon T1i(~$1000). You can also go used and get the Canon 40D which is an excellent camera.

    If you can do without the video which the T1i offers, then I would recommend going used and getting the 40D. Or if you have the money, get the 50D which is the newer verision. This is what I have and I love it!

    Just remember, you'll probably be spending more on the lens than the camera body. Good lenses make a BIG difference in photo quality. Of course, the person behind the camera does as well. 😉 Good Luck!

    Oh, definitely ask others like @brandice (Canon XSi), @djsteen (Canon XTi) and @coreyharris (Nikon D60)

  • Wowza! This was very helpful! I love Canon, especially since I use a
    Canon HF10 for my video shooting. So I might as well get a camera of
    the same brand since I like their quality.

    So this was very helpful.

  • Trying to take good quality pictures daily is EXTREMELY difficult. I was already struggling by the end of the first week.

  • It's tough, I know! Push through it, stretch yourself and shoot a lot of pictures!

  • Trying to take good quality pictures daily is EXTREMELY difficult. I was already struggling by the end of the first week.

  • It's tough, I know! Push through it, stretch yourself and shoot a lot of pictures!