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Before and After Edit + FREE PRESETS!

For this "before and after" edit I am using a shot from an album cover session I did with the bluegrass stars Darin and Brooke Aldridge.

This image was shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Sigma 35mm Art lens.

My camera settings were 1/400 sec, ƒ/2.0, ISO 100.

I edited this photo to this Spotify playlist.

If you'd like to see all the specific editing decisions that I made with this photo then download the RAW file, use the Lightroom preset + VSCO Film's Kodak Elite ll 50-C camera profile + use my Alien Skin Exposure custom preset in Alien Skin Exposure X2.

That's a lot of a processing so if you have questions along the way feel free to ask in the comments below. 

Workflow Editing - From Beginning to End in Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure

This shoot is from a recent workshop that I taught in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  The goal of the shoot was to take a boring, seemingly distracting environment, and create beautiful couples photos using the tools and resources available in my camera and our creative minds.  

After the shoot, I created a workflow editing video showing my entire process using Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure.  I cover culling, rating, flagging, white balance, split toning, adding contrast, how to speed up your workflow and how I use Alien Skin Exposure's powerful grain system. 

Need a little more one-on-one help?  I got you!

Before and After Edit with Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure

I wanted to share this before and after edit from Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure because sometimes we forget the powerful, efficient tools that we have when shooting in RAW.  

Here is the original photo before I began editing it.  This was shot with 1/640 shutter speed, ƒ stop 1.4, ISO 100 with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Canon 85L II lens.

  I then applied some white balance and exposure adjustments followed by a custom preset of mine.   I made minor adjustments in the "tone curve" section of lightroom as well as "luminance".   You'll notice that I also did some cloning with the bolts and the wood peg in the chair.

Finally, I sent the photo over to Alien Skin Exposure and applied a very subtle, custom version of their Portra 160 plus their wonderful "grain" feature. 

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Before & After

I shot this "Before & After" with the Canon 5D Mark lll with the 50mm 1.2 Canon lens. I used a ton of window light and about 250 ISO. 

In Adobe Lightroom I butchered VSCO Film's Agfa Vista 400 Portrait preset and then sent the photo over to Alien Skin Exposure where I applied the Portra 160 preset + grain. 

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Before & After

Here is a before and after image of a couples shoot I did. The initial edit was done in Lightroom using a variation of VSCO's preset 400H which is one of my go-to film simulation presets when editing.  I finished off the image in Alien Skin Exposure tweaking the Portra 160 simulation, adding some grain and minor radial adjustments. 

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