Above you see the original NEF and the processed JPG of a picture taken in Peru that is submitted to Dreamstime.
After coming home of a very inspiring trip to Peru I was really looking forward to seeing the results on my 27″ iMAC. Of course, I had a first glimp during the trip with the HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2, however, this was just to make sure that the backup worked.
Seeing the NEFs, I was quite disappointed. They lacked vibrance, I missed all the nice colors I remembered. Apparently, the very strong, unfiltered sun makes the colors bleak. Luckily, Adobe LightRoom can help.
Here are the steps I used to post-process the picture in Adobe LightRoom 6.1.1 (apologies for the Dutch):
- Set the White Balance to Daytime
- Sharpen the picture a bit
- Set the Lens Correction for the specific lens I used (Nikon 28-300mm); this removes the dark corners which are mainly visible in the blue sky.
- Reduce Highlights to get more balance between the highlights and the shadows
- Increase Shadows to open up the dark areas
- Get more colors by increasing Vibrance and Saturation
- Increase Contrast to make the picture more vivid
- Highlight the snow on the mountains by increasing Whites
- Increase or decrease the Lightning to finalize the picture
Of course, for most of them there is no specific order. You change the settings a bit to get the result you have in mind. Below you see the result.
For more pictures of Peru accepted by Dreamstime, click here. Enjoy!