Edit Neon Portraits In Adobe Lightroom!

Today was a day I spent too much time watchng Youtube and not enough time doing much of anything else, but I did venture out to take A photo and then tried out a few things I was learning from Youtube videos on Lightroom editing.

I’ve become quite taken by some instagrammers and their editing/post -processing style. I was at a loss as to what it was called and just by chance came across two tutorials that pointed me in the right direction. One was a cinnematic look for portraits, yet to experiment and this one here. This one is called “Neon” portraits, it helps if you’re in a more urban area with street lamps, etc., but I was curious the effect and even though this portrait was taken outdoors with natural light, I like the look of the edit portrait.

For a tutorial and too really see how awesome this editing process truly is:

Check out this tutorial by Corey Saldana: Edit Neon Portraits In Adobe Lightroom!





Adapt, Improvise and Overcome


Finding myself in a situation where the only time I have to shoot is mid week , which also happens to be the worst possible time to shoot, Mid Day! Even with getting up at 245am, by the time the morning ritual is wrapped up and I am free to step out the door and begin my drive to work; I can’t beat day break. Not wanting to stay up late and disrupt a schedule, Sunsets are out.


Nikon D200

Kit Lens: 18-55 f/2.8

Circular Polarizer: B+W 77mm XS-Pro HTC

ND Filter: Lee 100×100 (Little Stopper) 1.8 ND Filter

Tri-pod Head: Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head with Top Lock Plate


Then and Now


Then and now! While going through some open tabs on my iPhone, I came across a post, I had forgotten about, How to Edit a Long Exposure Seascape.

Last Summer (2018), I began playing with long exposure for the first time. I had purchased ND filters, both GND (Graduated Neutral Desnsity) and ND (Neutral Densitiy). If you are not familiar with using filters, start here: Beginners Guide to Buying Filters.

Lets take a look at the original image (8/30/2018):


First edit (8/30/2018):

disclaimer: same location/same day, but is not the same image.

Last edit (6/01/2018):DPS-LongExpPractice-2

It’s really amazing to be able to look back as see where you were at and how far one has come. There is nothing wrong with the edit from last summer, but I also didn’t know about about the many tools in Adobe Lightroom. So, I just played with the exposure, highlights, shadows and maybe a little saturation. In the latest edit, I began to understand how to use the Color Temp. adjustment, Clarity, and Sharpening.

There are many ways photography can be approached. There are the purist, whom insist on everything being as true to real life as possible; Those who prefer to add a list Pop, in the post processing to add mood; and contrast and at the extreme other end you can find those digital artists that create surreal phantasy world through digital art and everything in between.

Play, Experiment, Learn, develop the skills and understanding to bring your vision to you’re art. As always, thanks fro stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to leave a comment.