A Start-to-Finish Edit in Lightroom of a Beautiful Shot in Bali

If you want to improve your post-production skills, there are few better ways than to watch experienced photographers editing their raw images. In this video, Mark Denney edits a stunning landscape in Bali, walking you through each step.

I have been using Adobe Lightroom for over a decade and Adobe Photoshop for over two decades and I still feel nowhere near an "expert". The pace at which both of these software evolve is certainly a mitigating factor, but so is the depth. They are multifaceted, complex, and powerful tools that have allowed us to transform our raw images into something closer to what we have imagined. However, one way the editing suites have improved is nothing to do with them at all: the improvement of cameras.

As cameras can capture more and more dynamic range, and as the raw files become more malleable, we are left with an abundance of options after the fact. This image by Mark Denney is perfectly captured so that the highlights aren't blown out, but the amount of detail in the shadows that is waiting to be recovered is staggering. I must say, I'm fond of the initial image as it is likely how the scene appeared and I'd be interested to see how other photographers would edit it!

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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