Originally Posted by INKMAN
Just out of curiosity, what do you do to your photos in CS6 that you can't (or rather not do) in Lightroom? I'm trying to learn new editing techniques.
Let me start by saying that I RARELY do this much editing on a photo. I go out of my way during composition, exposure and setup to make sure that I have to edit the least amount possible because it is not my one of the things I do very well. 95% of my editing is done in Lightroom with a port to Photoshop when I need to remove or clone an element.
Here is the before and after.
First, I used Lightrooom to get the colors and exposure on the car how I wanted them. As you can tell by the original out of the camera, doing that completely blows out the sky even more than it already is.
I then brought the image into Photoshop to remove the green flares and the man's head to the left.
Then...I went back into Lightroom, created a duplicate and exposed for the sky only. When I did this...you could barely see the car but the clouds started to come out. I increased clarity and made sure they were really visible.
I then took that image and brought it into the image I already had open in Photoshop as a layer. I then took the first image and spliced it up into three segments...the car and foreground, the trees and the sky. I deleted the sky in the 1st picture to bring out the sky that I had properly exposed for. I then made a couple of level changes, flattened the image and brought it back into Lightroom for some final touches in color, shadows, sharpness and clarity.
The main issue with this shot is that it isn't very good. The crap in, crap out theory really holds and even all of the editing in the world doesn't help the fact that it is cluttered around the car and the wheels are cut off. There really aren't many things you can do at a car show to fix that. I used it as an exercise to try to get better at editing photos.