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?

Beverly Hills

After visiting Hollywood and Santa Monica, we finished up our trip to California with a quick stop in Beverly Hills.  We spent an hour or so just wandering around Rodeo Drive before our dinner reservations that evening.  (I took the time to enjoy the restaurant and so didn’t take any pics there, but it was enchanting!  Il Cielo, google it.  You won’t be sorry!)

Without further ado, Beverly Hills:

f/3.2, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

f/3.2, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

f/2.2, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

f/2.2, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

f/5, 1/40 sec, ISO 400

f/5, 1/40 sec, ISO 400

f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

f/4.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

f/7.1, 1/20 sec, ISO 100

f/7.1, 1/20 sec, ISO 100

 

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Santa Monica Pier

We weren’t quite ready to head back to the hotel after finishing our self-guided scavenger hunt/walking tour of Hollywood, so we hit up Santa Monica for dinner.  I took advantage of the scenery for some more photo ops, naturally.  I really think a lot of these images could benefit immensely from some editing to brighten them up and give them more of a golden quality.  Perhaps I just feel more attuned to that lately since my Lightroom class is due to start in a few days.

I won’t weigh the photos down with any commentary.  As always, please leave a comment if you see something you would have done differently!

f/4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100

f/4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100

f/4.2, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100

f/4.2, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/4000 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/3200 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/3200 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 800

f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 800

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Hollywood!

I recently had the chance to take a quick trip to California!  There was some personal business that took me there, but we were still able to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing in our free time.

It was challenging to capture what I felt were “good” pictures (particularly in composition) given the limitations of things like crowds and traffic.  I was getting spoiled by shooting still lifes under controlled conditions back home!  Also to my shame, I temporarily forgot about changing ISO and was fighting camera shake during unnecessarily long shutter speeds in dim areas.  Oops.  I came to my senses later in the day, but I’m glad most of the sights were out in the sun.  For the record, I had my camera set on aperture priority mode so as not to slow us down too much, but I made adjustments here and there.

Without further ado, here is a small sampling of my photos of Hollywood:

We got off the metro at Hollywood & Vine to find a very Hollywood-themed station.  This shot is of the ceiling.  There were film strip and camera motifs all over the place.

f/4.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 800

f/4.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 800

f/5.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

f/5.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

I learned that I can’t rely on the screen on the back of my camera to verify that a photo came out 😦  This next image is much darker than I thought it would be.  This would probably be an easy fix in an editing program once I learn how to use one.

f/5.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100

f/5.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

f/4.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

The first Emmy Awards were hosted at the Hollywood Athletic Club which is not currently occupied.  We peeked in the windows and it looked beautiful inside!  The room we could see had kind of a Spanish revival feel.  I hope someone leases it and gives it some love soon!

f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

f/5, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/5, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

Entering the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  This was the site of the first Academy Awards and is reportedly haunted by Marilyn Monroe, among others.  This is where I FINALLY remembered about changing my ISO.  DUH.

f/3.5, 1/13 sec, ISO 1600

f/3.5, 1/13 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/3.5, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

And finally, the pièce de résistance:

f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100

Does anyone have any tips for taking better photos out in the real world?  I’m always looking for constructive criticism, so leave a comment!  I know a lot of the small things that bother me can probably be fixed in post-processing.  All of these images are SOOC, but I’m looking forward to the Lightroom class I’m taking next month!