Flower Art Photography – post processing Lightroom

Quick and subtle

When applying the techniques of the Flower Art Photography Masterclass the images will only need minor or even no post-processing. Most of the work will be done while shooting and not later when post-processing the images. .

In following video I’ll show you how I use Lightroom to do some small adjustments to my flower pictures. I use Lightroom but these minor adjustment can be done by using almost any post processing software. There’s no need to use fancy filters or complicated post processing.

More info about the Flower Art Photography Masterclass and other courses you can find here.

In the Flower Art Photography Masterclass you learn how to create wonderful flower pictures in-camera while shooting. This doesn’t mean that the images need no post pressing at all. Post processing is part of photography. Post processing will be limited to what we used to do when shooting film.

Also in the old days when shooting film you did have to do some ‘post processing’. You had to develop the film, and the way you developed it had an effect on the final image. And then, after the film was developed you still had to print it. I did shoot quite some black and white film and worked a lot in the darkroom. It takes quite some skills to create a good print, selecting the paper to print on, finding the right exposure and contrast, accentuating parts of the image through burning and dodging (darken or lighten parts of the image). Mostly (always) it took several prints before you got it right. It took at least half an hour (mostly more) to get one good print. But the difference between a lab developing and printing the (film) images or doing it yourself in the darkroom is immense.

In that way there’s not that much difference between shooting film and shooting digital. In digital photography you can let the camera do all the post processing and post the image just like that on the internet. That’s like shooting film and letting the lab develop and print the images. You are not in control, the computer inside your camera is. You are not taking advantage of all the work you did while shooting the image.

This means that there’s always post processing involved, whether you do it yourself or you let the camera take all control over it.

We want to have control over it. It’s an important part of the creative process. We’re trying to create artistic flower pictures. The images will already look quite good when coming out of the camera. And yes some images need no post processing at all. We will use post processing to lift good images to an even higher level and not to create a good image out of a bad one.

In following video I show you how I do post processing using Lightroom. Nothing fancy, just the basics as I use for most of my flower portraits. Enjoy!

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14 Comments

  1. Thanks very much for these tips in post-processing. They’re very helpful. My only suggestion is that you do something about the screechy music that accompanies the videos. I find it very disturbing and off-putting. Sorry!

  2. Absolutely loved this Lightroom tutorial. Subtle differences make such a difference. Thanks Dirk.

    • You’re welcome! Many people are scared of Lightroom or Photoshop. They think it’s too complicated. But you only basic knowledge to already have wonderful results. In this kind of photography you don’t want to overdo it, minor and subtle post processing works best for these images.

  3. I have to say, I love your classes. Both how to work in lightroom and how to improve my photos.

  4. Beautiful work. I’m going to give flower photography another go now you’ve given me lots of ideas. Thank you 🙂

  5. Hi Dirk,
    Your work is fantastic and I’m going to ty out some of your ideas. I will join, but at the moment, the exchange rate is so poor that I’ll have to wait for it to become better. I hope you understand. Keep up the excellent work.
    Jim Harrison

  6. Your tips are so useful, already made a massive improvement to my composition. Useful hints re Lightroom (which I don’t have) do you do one similar but for canons DPP software? Trying to avoid the cost of LR or similar.

    • Thanks Caroline. The adjustment in post are limited to correcting contrast and color and a little bit of local adjustments. It’s possible to do these with any post processing software.

  7. Stunning images and thank you for also sharing how you were able to make them so beautiful.

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