Up to Speed

I remember taking this shot near Yuma, because I was attracted to the way the light was hitting the weeds at the lower left. But then when looking at the photo on the computer, it just seemed like another dusty, dry, shot of an unappealing landscape. It took me a couple years to get used to the harsh desert sunlight here, and this is one of those locations where I was fighting it all the way.

I decided this week to finally get up to speed on the major improvements that happened in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw recently (specifically the addition of creative profiles to the basic panel). I was not a believer, because I have my usual workflow- and I didn’t see the point of changing. However, I watched tutorials by three of my go-to editing gurus, Matt Kloskowski, Blake Rudis, and Julieanne Kost and gave it a try. I was especially interested in what Blake had to say, because he never does much on the creative side with Camera Raw- he saves that for Photoshop and the plug-ins.

So. . . I used one of Matt K’s new Lightroom/ACR profiles (Crisp Warm) on this photo (plus some other Lightroom edits) and am pleased with the results. I like the way you can reduce the opacity of the profile, which I did here- and that the profiles don’t override the slider settings like presets do.  I also really like that you can access the same profiles in Camera Raw, which would allow me to use them in a layer in Photoshop and mask if I wanted. These changes haven’t rocked my world so far, but I can definitely see using this new feature.




One thought on “Up to Speed

  1. Dear Melinda, I tried to decipher your commentary (so many unfamiliar terms! “opacity of the profile” ? I’ll have to look that up) and enjoyed trying. What I want to say is: “Good for you!” for adapting to the brilliant and harsh light and bone-dry landscapes of the deserts around you. Good for you for looking UP to appreciate skies with robust weather and roiling clouds… like nowhere else. And good for you for looking down to see small, exquisite beauty in colors, textures and forms. Where we grew up in Butte and Glenn counties IS a semi-desert, a Mediterranean climate but still, winter rains bring a short-lived lushness to our landscape there. A Chico Girl needs courage and optimism to make the desert her home 🙂 You’ve shown real determination and intelligence to master images, and we are the fortunate ones who get to enjoy the products of your new world and your sensitive, thoughtful imagination.

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