Lightroom Before/After Video – Eiffel Tower and Plug-ins

I haven’t done one of those Before/After videos in a while so I thought it was time for another. The photo I’m using here was a photo I took in Paris last year. It was a rainy day which I actually find can help sometimes. I’d always seen a lot of the same photos of the Eiffel Tower, so I went looking for a different view. I remember seeing the movie, Inception, and noticed this really cool bridge (You know, the one that twisted on top of itself in the movie). It was the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a bridge that crosses the Seine River in Paris. So I kinda set my sites on that being a good location to shoot from. The original photo itself definitely needed some work, as you’ll see in the video. The Lightroom part of it was pretty easy actually and since Lightroom 4 Beta has been out, I find myself re-editing a lot of my photos using the new Develop module controls. There’s a little Photoshop touchup work and lots of plug-in work that I used too. Enjoy!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  1. Photo is crooked ….lol Just kidding Matt.

    Gotta love that Nik, Have you ever thought of sharing some of your recepie’s on the Nik site?

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  2. Hey Matt,

    Nicely done! Thanks for doing the CEP 4 recipe. That’s a good one! I’m a great fan of Nik also. I only wish they had kept the Tonal Contrast of CEP 3. I really, really like that effect and I find it hard to duplicate in CEP 4. If you’ve found a way, I’d sure like to know it. Oh, just for fyi. I had a major PC win7 crash and thought I had lost all my photos, but I was able to recover them. Because of that, I’ve purchased an iMac and have spent the last 4 weeks getting everything back to normal. Adobe was Great they sent me a Mac OS CS5. I had to pay for the shipping. Lightroom, Nik, onOne, and Topaz are all Cross Platform so I got my Mac all set up for $6.98 (shipping cost). Not bad! Thanks again for the video! I always learn a bunch watching them.


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  3. Good presentation. In my opinion, plug-ins are not just a shortcut or timesaver. They also enhance a photo in different ways than Photoshop or Lightroom. Nik is good at what they do.

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