Before and After Edit with Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure

I wanted to share this before and after edit from Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure because sometimes we forget the powerful, efficient tools that we have when shooting in RAW.  

Here is the original photo before I began editing it.  This was shot with 1/640 shutter speed, ƒ stop 1.4, ISO 100 with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Canon 85L II lens.

  I then applied some white balance and exposure adjustments followed by a custom preset of mine.   I made minor adjustments in the "tone curve" section of lightroom as well as "luminance".   You'll notice that I also did some cloning with the bolts and the wood peg in the chair.

Finally, I sent the photo over to Alien Skin Exposure and applied a very subtle, custom version of their Portra 160 plus their wonderful "grain" feature. 

There you have it!  Thank you for spending the time to read and learn.  If you are interested in getting posts like this to your inbox then you can fill out the quick form below.   

Mark Maya - Photographer - Educator

Mark Maya Photography, 217 North Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC, 27703

Did you know 10 years ago when I decided to become an educator I was really scared?  I didn't feel like I had the confidence, social skills or basic knowledge to teach. Honestly, some days I still don't. 

I've learned more than I ever thought possible through teaching photography to teenagers with severe disabilities, middle and high schoolers, university students and countless individual photographers. 

I'm someone who believes in being prepared. Being prepared for teaching others is a task that only time can prepare you for. Time spent struggling through something with others. Solving problems and figuring stuff out together. Learning from each other and our mistakes.

I'm excited that we get to learn together and I promise to always be prepared and spend time on my craft while being honest and organic. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.