Remastering an Album in Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC

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Album Ready: Early Spring Arboretum

Introduction to remastering an album in Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC – I explain what I’m setting out to do, which is in some cases undo some of the over-processing of the past, also approach photos for the first time. Back in the day (early spring 2012), I prepared and shared 90 photos from 600 shot. I’m starting with a selection of 223, which I’m hoping becomes an album of 200 for Yenra Photography.

When I encounter an area that shows significant difference between the way I used to process and today, I’ll speak about the differences and show how I do things today. Problems from the past: over smoothing, removing too many differences. Now I treasure the little differences that make us who we are. Things that are temporary or problems in lighting such as unflattering shadows, you will see me mitigate those.

Transcript

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Hi, I’m getting ready to remaster an album back from 2012

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I’m going to use some of my techniques and principles that I have today

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I’ve already made some initial selections and I’m going through to see if I can remove some

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I have 223 now. I’d like to get it to 200.

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I’m going to, in some cases, completely reset the settings of that time

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And then I’m going to build it up again

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A lot of this is going to be in the Develop module. I just wanted to give you an overview of the album.

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This is in the Arboretum with Erika. It was a beautiful beginning, early, early spring.

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It’s a beautiful place and Erika is absolutely beautiful.

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It’s going to be nice to go back and look at the way I do things now

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what I’ve learned in terms of processing

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and also what’s new in Lightroom in some cases with regard to process

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So in some cases, when I do a reset, I will be rebuilding what I did in the past

 

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Some of these have not been processed. There were about 90 at the time shared

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and now we’re aiming for a 200 album

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I’ll be rejecting photos if they’re duplicate or if the focus is off, something you really can’t fix.

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I’m going into Develop mode here

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Absolutely gorgeous person and place

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I think what we’re going to see is that I may have overprocessed back then

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and I’m going to undo that today

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We’re listening to music from Evan Schaeffer, an album called Glow.

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It was great to be at the beginning of the warm weather season when everything was just starting to grow

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You can see that this was probably one that had been processed before

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And this is one that hasn’t been touched much

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If I open up this panel, yeah the one I said I did a lot on, probably way too much; yeah, look at all those spot removals and brush strokes

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And this one here, nothing, just the import, the update to a process back in 2012, and then an update to the current process.

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When you talk about process, the panel to look at is down here, where the version of the process is.

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Back in the day, it would have been 2010 version; I upgraded to 2012 at some point, now we’re on Version 4.

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That changes what the sliders look like and what things are being changed when you make adjustments.

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Camera Vivid is the way I like to shoot. There’s a saturation of color that I enjoy.

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If I do a complete reset of settings, it will go off Camera Vivid. I want you to see what that looks like.

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Reset all settings and it kind of looks a little bit more washed out in my opinion

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That’s Adobe Standard

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One would think that Adobe Portrait would be good; for me, it’s still too bland.

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I like Vivid and I’m going to go right back to Vivid here.

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Actually, that’s Camera Vivid version 4.

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There’s Camera regular Vivid which I think it moved to

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Because of that saturation there’s a darkness too that needs to be adjusted.

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I’m going to open this back this way

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And I’m going to go back to my Basic settings

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And of course I’ll start to make adjustments like Exposure here.

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Knock up Shadows

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But that’s the kind of saturation I like

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So I’m going to be making a lot of changes

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Some resets

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I just wanted to give you an overview of what I’ll be doing

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It was a beautiful day in the Arboretum

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These are the photos I’m starting with

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And I’ll make some deselections of those and some adjustments as I go.