Post-Processing in Lightroom: Circle of Light

I’ve finally got around to recording a belated second post-processing video! I published this shot of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace back in April, and a couple of people asked to see a before and after of my processing. Hopefully this will satisfy your curiosity!

Whether you’re a fan of the final shot or not, I think this is a great example of what you can achieve in Lightroom with only a few clicks.

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If you have any requests for shots that you’re interested in seeing just let me know and I’ll endeavour to put together a similar video over the coming weeks and months. I’m planning to publish one of these every two weeks, depending on how popular they are!

What tools do you use for processing your photos? Maybe you’d like to see a video for a specific shot of mine?! I’d love to hear from you!

13 thoughts on “Post-Processing in Lightroom: Circle of Light

  1. SPFischer

    Ben, having the ability to watch this video is wonderful. It’s fascinating to see the creative post-processing choices others make! This was definitely one of your photos that I was interesting in seeing the before and after, so I’m delighted you put it together. Looking forward to more as your time permits!

    I tried to reach you through your email just now and received an undeliverable message. I hesitate to repeat the information here, as I don’t want it to be perceived as a plug, so I’m sending you a message through Facebook. I hope it reaches you!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video Stacy! I absolutely agree, it’s one of the most interesting aspects of photography.

      I really need to make an effort to put more of these together. The more often I do it the easier and quicker they’ll be to produce. I’ve replied to you on Facebook, and happy to plug your series here! I’ll endeavor to put another before and after next week and link back to your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Scott Marshall

    Good stuff Ben – weird hearing your voice tbh. I also use Lightroom but recently I have headed back in to Photoshop because of the enhanced RAW processing you get with Photoshop CC (I subscribe to the Adobe Cloud Photographers package for ยฃ8.78 a month subscription.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Ha, yeah I’m never going to get used to the sound of my own voice! Have to say I’ve never used Photoshop, but I’m increasingly intrigued about what it can offer above and beyond Lightroom. One thing I’m keen to avoid is spending too long processing each photo, and I’m already bad enough in Lightroom! I hate to think how long I could spend getting lost in all the functionality of Photoshop…

      What features are you using most in PS that Lightroom doesn’t provide?

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  4. Robin S. Kent

    Excellent work, Ben. I like the way you showed the changes by dissolving one into the next. It enables one to to see the more subtle changes. I hope to see more examples in the future.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Robin, I really appreciate the feedback! I’ll definitely be making this a more regular spot on my blog. I agree, I think it’s really useful to see each step so you can see how and why changes were made.

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  5. SPFischer

    Ben, so glad we hooked up on ABFriday! Thanks so much for your willingness to participate. I will never tire of this photo, and your video is just brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan, I’m hoping to get another one of these up next week. It has proved to be more popular than I was expecting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Emilio Pasquale

    I only use Lightroom for photo-processing. I think it will be a long time before I use anything else as it’s taking me forever to learn all it can do (Forever? I’ve only been using it about 5 months.) But I am one happy camper having finally spent the money to get it. I enjoyed your video too. Looking forward to more from you!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thank Emilio, Lightroom has so many features that it can be a little bit daunting! I’m still learning something new every time I use it. Like you, I was so glad I made the investment in the software. It has transformed my photos and the way I think about the process.

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      1. Emilio Pasquale

        It definitely was daunting at first but there are so many tutorials out there by so many different people that I am really enjoying it now. And very glad I made the investment. I believe it really ups your game, so to speak!

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