Fixing Up Old Photos: Hollywood & Vine

After completing my homework for the first week of Lightroom 101, I tried my hand at improving some older photos (not that old, just predating the class) that needed a little love.

Remember this photo from my visit to Hollywood?

f/5.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

f/5.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

I liked that it was a kind of retro illustration of the famous intersection, but the image is definitely overexposed and the colors look more faded than they did in real life.  I took the original photo in JPEG and not RAW so I had less flexibility in Lightroom, but I still think the result is an improvement on the original!

hollywood_and_vine_sign_edited

f/5.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

It’s not perfect, and I honestly just realized that it’s cropped differently than the original — oops!  Guess I have more learning to do on how to use the export function :\

Have you ever gone back and edited old photos?  Do you have any tips on working with JPEGs (or other non-RAW files) in an editing program?

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Moss

I’ve started experimenting in Lightroom (my Lightroom 101 class started this week).  So far I’ve only played with a few settings:  white balance, temperature, tint, exposure, and contrast.  I’m sure there will be plenty more fun tools to come!

Here’s one of my early attempts at enhancing an image:

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

And the original:

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

Which one do you prefer?

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