So my wife was wanting me to print out some of our family pictures to hang on the wall, and so when she had made her selection of images that she wanted, I had a few of them that were just small files for display on the web, and when I went looking for the large jpeg, I could only find the RAW image. So, I had to re-edit them using the latest version of Lightroom. The difference in the two images is pretty cool when you look at the detail in the clouds and the more precise way I could brighten the faces etc…

And so my tip for today is to go back to some of your favorite images or even some images that you just couldn’t get right a couple of years ago and run them through Lightroom again… the difference may surprise you. We forget that the technology has changed quite a bit and our images can look even better thanks to the updates in the software. This is a great time to play with the past, and family photos especially may be the perfect subjects for an update since if you are like me, your main goal was just to get everyone still and in the frame and not necessarily the best composition and lighting. So give yourself and your work a little emotional boost and update some of those older edits and hopefully you will come away with a smile.

Original edit from several years ago

Original edit from several years ago

Image edited with the latest Lightroom

Image edited with the latest Lightroom



  1. Matt S 2 July, 2015 at 13:10 Reply

    Excellent suggestion. Recognize that more than one thing can be at work here. Not only do the newer tools provide better results, your skill at editing may having improved over the years as well. Those two combined can sum to a significant improvement on any previously edited frame.

    • lyle 2 July, 2015 at 16:19 Reply

      “That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”

      ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Dennis Zito 2 July, 2015 at 07:00 Reply

    Hey Pete,

    Excellent suggestion! I’ve done this with previous releases, but haven’t done it with this one. Also, have done the same with PS-CC using some of the new tools there as well! I must say … you have a beautiful family!:-)


  3. Bill Guy 1 July, 2015 at 09:41 Reply

    I have done this same thing with some of the images I have used in classes with great results. The one Lightroom tool I love for portratis is the Radial Filter. Provides a nice touch for faces.

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