Lightroom Videos

Video – Before and After Photos

Ask and you shall receive they say right? This week’s video is going to take you through the editing process of a couple of Moab photos I posted last week. Some of you posted (in the comments) that you’d like to see where the photo started and what settings I applied to them. Personally, I love before/afters so this was really a fun one for me to do. So enjoy, leave a comment to let me know what you think, happy Friday, have a great weekend, and all that other stuff πŸ™‚

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  1. Jack 30 November, 2009 at 05:51 Reply

    Hey Matt

    I don’t know why this is such a revelation to you guys — “you guys” being Dave and Corey and Scott — about before and afters. 99.99% of the tutorials are “First you do this and then you do this”…SHOW ME WHERE WE’RE GOING FIRST and then show me how to get there. For people like me, just starting out, these tutorials are gold mines. Both the Pumpkin Tutorial and the Death Valley Tutorial have been real eye openers. Keep chugging in that direction! This stuff is INVALUABLE.

  2. Julio 13 August, 2009 at 09:54 Reply

    Thank you Matt, this is a great tutorial. I wonder if you could put a video together about using DNG profile editor starting with just a converted raw file into a DNG one all the way down to the last step. I don’t see how I can color manage my exposure and save it. In other words the last part of the process is the one that I have problem with. Great work Matt, thanks again.

  3. Todd Upton 17 June, 2009 at 01:16 Reply

    Very new to the whole editing process. I absolutely love all of your lessons. In a very short time I have learned so much. Really enjoyed this tutorial. Got some great ideas for some of my photos. Keep up the great work.

  4. Trevor 9 June, 2009 at 13:11 Reply

    Super tutorial Matt. Keep the before and afters coming. I almost always learn a new way to do something.

  5. Bas 6 June, 2009 at 13:12 Reply

    Thank you for making these vid’s it makes understanding PS and LR a lot easier. it really helped me out with switching between programs and learning to understand LR. I have to admit you made me look an idiot.
    I only have a questing about the automatic reimport in LR. for that option doesn’t always work. with PS or with Photomatix as another example. do you know if that is setting related??

    Thanx again!!

  6. Justin 24 May, 2009 at 15:48 Reply

    Fantastic! For me, the best way to learn is by watching and doing … I LOVE this type of stuff. Thanks for spending the time to make this wonderful screencast.

  7. Cody 21 May, 2009 at 15:23 Reply

    Thanks for posting your before/after vids. They are a great help. Appreciate what you do, keep up the good work.

  8. bellefem 14 May, 2009 at 04:11 Reply

    comment 192 – I’m sure you are aware by now that we love before and after!
    wanted to thank you for this. in a few short minutes, I learned a TON.
    best regards!

  9. Kevin Tran 11 May, 2009 at 23:58 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Wow! Great instructions I”ve ever seen! Really like “before and after”. Thanks so much for sharing!


  10. Erol 11 May, 2009 at 01:59 Reply

    This kind of videos are the best Lightroom advertising!
    Finally I decide for LR because of this post. Better than any books!
    More please πŸ™‚ Erol

  11. Shayan Sanyal 11 May, 2009 at 01:32 Reply

    Love the b4/after; I also learned how to use smart objects in photoshop within a lightroom workflow. Thanks for showing that, very useful. Keep up the awesome work.

  12. Tucker 10 May, 2009 at 15:00 Reply

    Love the before and after! It really makes me realize that a lot of my older photos that I think are just junk might be made into beautiful images with post processing.

  13. Wayne J. Bingham 10 May, 2009 at 13:47 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Rather than before and after, this video shows development workflow, assessment of items to be enhanced, tools and techniques to solve challenges. Much of the information we receive is like describing the parts of a car; this is a horn, this is the steering wheel, the engine has eight cylinders, etc. and is important but has less relevance to driving the vehicle, the practical judgements made on the fly.
    I found the video to be most helpful and look forward to more, exploring all aspects of the challenges one finds with the raw output.


  14. Ray from Pgh 9 May, 2009 at 08:48 Reply

    Great Tutorial, excellent.
    1) Why didn’t you show the Lightroom Sharpening
    either with the Paint Brush or the Edge Mask ?
    2) What is the best way to Sharpen in Lightroom without
    Sharpening the Background ?

  15. Butch Shaffer 9 May, 2009 at 02:02 Reply

    The before and after was one of the most helpful tutorials I have seen. What a great way to learn Lightroom 2. Thanks for the great information and help!!!

  16. Cynthia Merzer 8 May, 2009 at 12:46 Reply

    These before and after videos were terrific. It was very interesting to see and hear the thought process in action; to see what came out of the camera and how it transformed into the finished image.

  17. Jay 8 May, 2009 at 11:26 Reply

    Always love development and Photoshop workflow examples. Although one suggestion/comment/question – why did you not apply capture sharpening initially in RAW? For sake of time I presume (hope) as this is an important step.

    PS. Happy to see you didn’t use the Eraser in Photoshop and masked instead. πŸ˜‰

  18. Matthias Smit 8 May, 2009 at 04:57 Reply

    Very well done! I learned a lot from this 12 min video and would be glad if you can provide us with more of those!!! Keep it going!

  19. Boris Kehr 7 May, 2009 at 06:20 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    Before and after are the best way to learn and get some useful inspiration. Please continue with more of those great videos.
    Thanks a lot.

  20. Brett M 6 May, 2009 at 18:01 Reply

    You’re doubting if the before and After things are helpful!!!!! Dude, they’re amazing, out of this world, and one of the most awesome things on here! Best idea eva!!!

  21. Jack 6 May, 2009 at 17:07 Reply

    I’m adding my vote for more before-after videos. I’m heading next month for Banff, and it would be great if you could do two Lake Moraine shots in this format. Thanks.

  22. Holger 6 May, 2009 at 13:01 Reply

    Hello Matt,
    Thank you very much for this interesting before and after video. I liked it very much and I am looking forward to seeing more of these videos if possible. Greetings from Germany! Holger

  23. Michael Miville 6 May, 2009 at 06:51 Reply

    This video showing before and after was great! It was good to see how you got from point A to point B and realize at one point where Photoshop could help you more than Lightroom. Great stuff, keep up the B&A!

  24. Mavis 5 May, 2009 at 18:15 Reply

    This is just what I need to learn how to use this software! Please keep on doing these before and after videos. I have young children, so any examples of portraits would be great as well. I would especially like to be able to swap in different backgrounds. Sometimes I take the kids pictures and I think if only they were not standing in front of that particular background, the picture would be great.

    Thanks Matt for making it easier to understand.

  25. Sven Rikner 5 May, 2009 at 08:31 Reply

    Hi there Matt. Sweden calling. Great before and after tutorial. I like it a lot. I also think uit’s great when Photoshop is involved and to see the interaction. I also like your small tricks you do in Lightroom. I learn a lot.

  26. BC 4 May, 2009 at 20:45 Reply

    Hey Matt, I’ve enjoyed your site or a while but just wanted to drop a note and let you know that I really appreciate the before/after videos… I found them really helpful. Thanks!

  27. Alex 4 May, 2009 at 17:32 Reply

    Love it! I would love to see more of these videos. Preferably some people ones with different lighting scenarios (indoors, outdoors, etc.). I feel like I know Lightroom’s features very well, but still lack being able to apply what I know to photos. When I bring raw images into the program, I don’t have the vision to see what can be made better. Thanks again!

  28. Matt Norris 4 May, 2009 at 17:27 Reply

    Hey Matt, great B&A video. Love the subject matter! It’d be great to see some of your techniques applied to B&A on wedding, portrait and other on-location stuff incl. strobe lit stuff. Do you find much shadow noise or artifacting coming in when you really have to crank the sliders? Cool stuff.

  29. Darrin 4 May, 2009 at 15:21 Reply

    That is exactly what you should be doing more of. It is one thing to see how different tools work or to see how a plugin or preset can change an image but to see someone go through step by step and why really makes a difference. I especially enjoyed how you showed the integration of LR and PS.

    Thanks and keep them coming.

  30. James 4 May, 2009 at 14:20 Reply

    Great job Matt!

    I really love before and after tutorials. It’s nice to see how other people work and it gives me ideas on how to process my photos. I’d love to see more of these before and after videos.



  31. Steve 4 May, 2009 at 12:47 Reply


    I loved the before and after video. Its great to learn little snippets of lightroom but to see a quick overview of the whole process you go through with some of your photos it great. Please do more of these with different subjects. Landscape, macro, portraits, street,…. I look forward to seeing them.

  32. Christine Morgan 4 May, 2009 at 12:27 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Great video, and loved seeing the before and after versions. And yes – please do some more.

    Thanks for sharing

  33. John Harris 4 May, 2009 at 02:06 Reply

    Hi Matt, I have a LR question for you. When it comes to developing my photos I still use Photoshop a lot and nearly all my photos end up as PSD files stacked on top of the original NEF file in LR. Each time I want to use a photo, whether it be to add it to my website, blog or to print it, I export the PSD files from LR and then run a batch action on the exported images in CS3 to resize, add watermarks etc etc and finally to sharpen. I’m happy with this workflow for day to day use but it has one drawback – I would like to use the slideshow feature of LR more, especially for previewing work with clients, but given that all my source PSD files in LR are unsharpenend they don’t look as good as they might.

    I don’t want to add sharpening directly to my PSD files as it would then double up any subsequent sharpening that’s applied via my batch actions so the best solution I’ve come up with to date is to make virtual copies of all my images and to apply the sharpening to these leaving the ‘originals’ untouched. This is a bit cumbersome however so I’d love to know if you have a better solution. Ideally I’d like LR to apply sharpening in the Slideshow module on the fly but this is not an option as yet.


  34. Marianne 4 May, 2009 at 01:16 Reply

    I’ve had Lightroom on my computer for quite a while now but just can’t get accustomed to it so am still relying on Bridge. With this kind of hands on tutorial I might actually get my ass in gear. Thanks, Matt. More please, I really appreciate it.

  35. Carlos Bruno 3 May, 2009 at 22:28 Reply

    You kidding right Matt? Your B&A, middle, tips or even the best flavor of the season for you make difference! You rock man! Continue and thanks for all!

  36. Jeff 3 May, 2009 at 22:03 Reply

    Hey Matt – LOVE the before/after – keep it going! One question – on the sharpening, why did you not use the threshold adjustment inside of the sharpening window to eliminate noise from the sky. If you keep it low enough, it will not sharpen the sky (or any other areas of little/no detail), but will keep all of the sharpening in the rest of the photo.

  37. Antonio Correia 3 May, 2009 at 18:14 Reply

    Very informative, very useful, very good. A nice way to teach ! πŸ™‚
    I would like to see more of theses videos when possible. Thank you πŸ™‚

    I would like to do something similar in Portuguese and post it to my blog on a regular basis.
    Can you please tell me which program you are using to make these clips ?
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  38. Plebism 3 May, 2009 at 15:39 Reply

    OOOooohh what an amazing feature – MORE MORE MORE πŸ™‚ I would love to see more of your before and after work Matt – so very useful and inspiring πŸ˜€

  39. Michael Morris 3 May, 2009 at 13:56 Reply

    Writing comments in Lightroom — is it possible

    Is it possible to add notes to photos in Lightroom (2.0) — often when I’m reviewing a series of photos I would like to add comments to the photos for editing later (by the model, client et al.). I cannot find a way to do this.
    Please help, thanks much.

  40. Enrico M. 3 May, 2009 at 13:52 Reply

    Wonderful! i like a lot those kind of video, they’re so helpful, i would love to see many more b-a too πŸ˜€

  41. Chuck E 3 May, 2009 at 08:58 Reply

    Hi Matt, have always loved your videos, but this B?A technique takes it to a new level!! Please lets have some more on a similar basis

  42. Dan Depew 3 May, 2009 at 08:41 Reply

    Awesome video Matt. Thank you.

    Was most interested in how you deal with going from LR to PS. Until now, I’ve been using the ‘Edit in Photoshop’ menu which was slow and created far too many blahblah-edit-101 type filenames just to create one composite image with different RAW adjustments.

    Also really learned a lot from your PS automation on export video… great stuff.

  43. Kevin Miller 3 May, 2009 at 02:07 Reply

    Love the before and after video. Please, please do more of them. πŸ™‚ They are very informative and will make me go back though my pictures to look at some of the shots I’ve done before that I didn’t think were worth playing around with.


  44. Carolyn Fahm 2 May, 2009 at 22:47 Reply

    I agree – more before and afters, please. Seeing the process from out of the camera to ready to print is incredibly helpful. Could something like this be offered on Kelby Training?

  45. Barb 2 May, 2009 at 22:17 Reply

    I LOVE b/a! In your short tutorial i learned Lightroom tips (even the b/a within each section) and exactly when, and how, to flip into Photoshop and back. I have your Layers book, which is great, and seeing you use them so deftly is inspiring. Two fine examples of your process..can’t wait for more..and now to apply to my 5,600 pics from S.E. Asia!!! tks so much.

  46. Terra 2 May, 2009 at 21:48 Reply

    It is really great to see a full workflow process (start to finish) and not just a tutorial on a feature. I was able to follow along with your video on a photo of mine and it resulted in an outstanding “after”. So, please, the more Before and After’s the better!!!! Thank you again!

  47. Ian Worthington 2 May, 2009 at 21:19 Reply

    Great video, many thanks.

    Curious why you use the lens vignetting though rather than the post-crop vignetting. Is that just a hang-over from your v1 days?

  48. sonicpenguin 2 May, 2009 at 16:50 Reply

    i learn more from your tutorials than anywhere else in MUCH less time… the before/after are most effective!!

  49. Ben Geldreich 2 May, 2009 at 13:28 Reply

    I thouroughly enjoy your before and after series, as it shows what your vision is with the particular photo and we see what you do with it. I would like to see more of these sessions.


  50. Tanya Mills 2 May, 2009 at 10:52 Reply

    I loved the before and after! It was really so helpful to see how you worked, especially to see how/when you integrated Photoshop with your Lightroom workflow. Please keep doing these before/afters! πŸ™‚

  51. Ralph 2 May, 2009 at 10:32 Reply

    Hi Matt

    Loved that B/A instructions video. It takes me sometime to do what you did in lightroom, working in photoshop. Keep going it’s great. Looking forward to the next one

  52. Sara 2 May, 2009 at 09:50 Reply

    LOVE IT! It was very interesting and informative. I know lightroom pretty well functionally – what your video gave a deep insight into how to take the functional elements of the program and use them artistically. What a great DVD series it would make!

  53. Fritz Meyer 2 May, 2009 at 09:23 Reply

    Great tutorial, especially the PS interfrace. I would like to see you
    fix some difficult photos that way. You have a great blog and i
    try to catch every one. FFM

  54. Angey Price 2 May, 2009 at 08:52 Reply

    Thanks. The before/afters are so helpful!
    Have you done a video on graduated filters? I would love to understand how that works a little better and how to use it. Thanks so much.

  55. Don Cox 2 May, 2009 at 08:10 Reply

    These before and afters are awesome! I really enjoy seeing what you start with, and the steps you take to get to the end picture. It really opens up my eyes to some of my pictures that I might spend some more time on.


  56. Ken Zuk 2 May, 2009 at 07:52 Reply

    Thank you VERY much Matt!!!!

    That was an excellent “tip” or shall we call it tutorial. If you can, I would vote for more, more, more of before and afters. This helps me see the flow, see the spots I need to pay attention to, see the techniques to get from RAW to final output.

    Great stuff!!! Hey, and its good to know that I do not have to feel bad that my shots out of the camera don’t have to look like a poster…that Lightroom developing (which is tons of fun!!!) is the digital stuff that the darkroom/films/filters were made of.

    Thanks again!

  57. Joakim 2 May, 2009 at 05:39 Reply

    Thank you for a great video. I just started to learn lightroom, and for me theese kind of videos is just so nice to watch because i am learning so mutch out of it.

    Thank you again and i am wating with joy to see the next one!


  58. Lampy 2 May, 2009 at 05:07 Reply

    excellent. very very helpful. seeing the B & A is wonderful in being able to see what can be done once the tools are mastered. thanks

  59. Susan 1 May, 2009 at 23:21 Reply

    B/A videos rock! Looking forward to many more. The topics, level of detail and your easy presentation style make the power of LR so much more accessible to some of us novices. I especially like how you always include “why” in addition to “what” — that later helps me coach myself through my own image development.

  60. BartL 1 May, 2009 at 22:52 Reply

    It’s amazing what you are able to do with Lightroom. As a first year professional photographer I am on a steep learning curve. Your tips are a Godsend. Please keep the before and after coming.

    I’ll be looking out for more!

  61. Zac 1 May, 2009 at 22:31 Reply

    Thanks Matt, could you do 10-15 B/A a day please? J/K Thanks for having the…the unselfishness, to show your pics right out of the camera. Not a lot of photogs would do that.

    I may have to go back and look at some old pics of Moab of my own!

    Do you ever use grad filters on your camera when shooting? I come from the old film days and was wondering if you liked the digital control that you get in post, better?


  62. JohnF 1 May, 2009 at 22:29 Reply

    Loved this post. I love your combination of using the right tool for the right job (Lightroom & Photoshop). Please keep these kinds of videos coming.

  63. David 1 May, 2009 at 22:02 Reply

    Definitely keep doing the before and after, PLEASE! It’s a great way for us all to learn. Truly invaluable. I’ve picked up more this way than any other.
    Thank you!

  64. Jim Radford 1 May, 2009 at 21:26 Reply

    I’m using Scott Kelby’s book to learn Lightroom and he recommends your website. I enjoyed your before/after video and hope you do more. Good job!

  65. Marcy 1 May, 2009 at 20:36 Reply

    Thanks for this tutorial and, yes, keep ’em coming:-) It is very helpful to see the changes you make and get an idea of your workflow. Very informative.

  66. JPhotoski 1 May, 2009 at 20:35 Reply

    Great tutorial. The group here would love to see you take one or two photos through this process each week. Watching the whole process is more useful than just about any single tip. Awesome!

  67. Steve B 1 May, 2009 at 20:34 Reply

    Great Post! I’ve been reading this blog a long time and this was (is) one of my favorites. Thanks much and more before and after video’s are surely welcome.

  68. captain spin 1 May, 2009 at 19:40 Reply

    Like you said Matt, cool. I like what you said that LR was part of PS, I sometimes forget that!

  69. Chris Belyea 1 May, 2009 at 19:15 Reply

    Matt, PLEASE, more of these Before and After sessions. Its always great to see how others approach this πŸ™‚

  70. Kevin Sigafoos 1 May, 2009 at 18:54 Reply

    Matt, Thank you for the awesome podcast, I always learn great tips. I too love this before and after and think you should do one everyday, or as often as possible;-). I agree with some of the others though, you should do everything in Lightroom, or if you do CS4 adjustments, maybe show the equivalent in Lightroom as well. I plan on getting CS4 someday, so it’s nice to see what can be done with it as well.

  71. Kristi 1 May, 2009 at 18:31 Reply

    I think you’ve got enough “Keep the Before/Afters” responses. (smile) It does help. I also like that I can pass on your links to others I know who are learning PS or LR.

  72. Vincent 1 May, 2009 at 17:54 Reply

    Great video, please make more before and after. I didnt realize you could do a lot of that in Lightroom! Thanks for all the help and sharing your expertise with all of us.

  73. JeanetteW 1 May, 2009 at 17:35 Reply

    Thank you so much for the Before and After!!! Please keep them coming. After watching this one I’m hopeful I can save some of my landscape shots.

  74. melissa 1 May, 2009 at 17:33 Reply

    I LOVE before and afters so keep em coming!!!
    It’s amazing what you can learn watching other photographers move through their editing.
    It also helps me realize that I am understanding the editing process correctly when I am guessing what you might adjust next.

    I would love to see some portraiture, including some work on perfecting blemishes and making skin tones and faces look realistic but editorial at the same time.

    Thanks Matt for sharing!

  75. Dave Kourtz 1 May, 2009 at 16:37 Reply


    I’ve just switched from film to digital. Of all the sources….yours is the most effective in helping me to get a glass of “meaningful insight” from the fire hose of information. Thanks.

  76. Sara Goodnick 1 May, 2009 at 16:35 Reply


    This was a great video. You are a wonderful teacher who explains and demonstrates in a clear, concise way. I will be looking for more of these now! Your photography is outstanding, too. Seeing the before and after is a great help.


  77. Dan DeRyckere 1 May, 2009 at 15:59 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Please, more Before & After demo videos.

    Thanks for an inspiring and helpful demo. Lightroom and Photoshop are such powerful tools and one person’s approach to the same solution may differ greatly from another. So allowing us to see how a talented artist like you evaluates an image and makes step-by-step choices to finish an image is a huge help.

    Thank you for all you do. You have helped me become a better artist.

  78. Joe 1 May, 2009 at 15:32 Reply

    I’m thinking about purchasing photoshop, but since I’m not pro I’d rather stick with elements. Do I need CS4 to do the edits in this tutorial, or can I pull it off with just lightroom and elements?

  79. Elliot Haney 1 May, 2009 at 15:27 Reply

    Hey, great video, one of my favorites so far. It’s so so sooo nice to see this all done in a video form instead of reading about it. great job, and keep doing it!! thanks

  80. Ricardo 1 May, 2009 at 14:45 Reply

    Hi Matt:
    Thanks for this superb instruction video. I think we all agree in that we want more videos like this. Really enjoy it.

  81. Edward 1 May, 2009 at 14:45 Reply

    I love the before and after. Maybe when you come out to Sacramento area we can get a bunch of folks to go to Yosomite or Tahoe.

  82. Bryant Altizer 1 May, 2009 at 14:30 Reply

    Thanks Matt. Great job with the tutorial, and I look forward to more of the before/after photos. Also, I especially enjoyed the quick bonus lesson inside of Photoshop.

  83. mattk 1 May, 2009 at 14:23 Reply

    Thanks for all of the great feedback everyone. I’ll definitely put some more Before/Afters into the mix. Glad you like ’em too. Sounds like we’ll need a portrait Before/After too so I’ll make sure to include one.

    @BuckeyeYank – Sorry my friend, Gotta include Photoshop. It’s basically part of LR and you’re going to have a tough time if you don’t use it as well. Plus, I mentioned that I didn’t like the results the Adjustment Brush gave me in LR, which is why I went to Photoshop. So do you really want me to do a tutorial on the method that I *don’t* use? I feel a lot better showing you the methods that I do use, then recommending something I dont. Hope that makes sense.

    @Patrick – I tried it but still wasn’t crazy about the results. Bringing down the exposure was really the best way for me so I was stuck between battling with the Adjustment Brush or doing it the easy way in PS.

    Thanks again!
    – Matt K

  84. Gil Fiallos 1 May, 2009 at 14:18 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Greetings from Nicaragua! Loved the video. Found it really helpful and am looking forward to more (including going back and forth into PS please!)

  85. Steve Kalman 1 May, 2009 at 14:18 Reply

    Keep them coming. This is one of the best short tuts I’ve seen in a long time.

    Unlike another commenter, I’m happy to see you move to PS when warranted. LR is great and often enough, but there’s no need to limit your capabilities artificially.

  86. Kevin O'Connell 1 May, 2009 at 14:02 Reply

    WOW, Best video tutorial of Lightroom I’ve ever come across! It has added new confidence to my post processing and reinstalled in me the old adage “KISS”(keep it simple stupid). More, more, more, please, please, please!!

  87. BuckeyeYank 1 May, 2009 at 12:45 Reply


    Great, informative video. I really enjoyed the before/after tip. Development module is one of those modules that allows maximum creative expression and it’s good to see how another person thinks and uses the tools.

    One request – stick with Lightroom for all your processing. This is a *Lightroom* killer tips blog, right?


  88. Patrick 1 May, 2009 at 12:12 Reply

    Great video, Matt, thanks so much. I’d love to see a lot more before/afters. One question: in the Delicate Arch shot, initially to darken the sky you went to Luminance and decreased the blue but you weren’t happy with it. Could it be that the sky is a mix of blue and other subtle colours, e.g. cyan? If so, could you have achieved the effect you wanted using the targeted adjustment tool, clicking on the sky and dragging it down? If it works, this could save the need to go into Photoshop.
    Thanks for all your great tips.

  89. RandyK 1 May, 2009 at 12:02 Reply

    I loved the before and after work. Very informative. But please answer me this question if you can. When I make such extreme adjustments in Lightroom the ‘Out of Gamut’ goes crazy when I get ready to print. Do you have this problem and if so what is your fix?

  90. R. Maia 1 May, 2009 at 12:02 Reply

    please please pleeeeease keep ’em B/A coming!! I learned a lot and would love to see more. If I may suggest, how about a portrait B/A for the next one? =D

  91. JoeH 1 May, 2009 at 11:41 Reply

    More, more, more….

    I’m learning PS now. It’s all kinda piecemeal..this tool does this, that tool does that.

    A demo yours really let’s me see how to put it all together!


  92. Todd Klimek 1 May, 2009 at 11:35 Reply

    Thanks Matt! Awesome before and after video. I know you don’t dig b/w (I mean greyscale) that much, but I was hoping that one of your b/a’s would be of the b/w image from this trip. Maybe next time!

    See you in Chicago!


    Todd in Chicago

  93. Marty Cohen 1 May, 2009 at 11:16 Reply

    Thanks Matt. It was great to see not only the Before and After but also how you also showed your process in Photoshop as well as in Lightroom. I’m always learning something new from your videos.

    I was signed up to do that Workshop with you and was really sorry that I had to cancel a month before. I hope you will do it again next year. I’ve had a chance to shoot the Slot Canyons, but I’ve always wanted to visit and photograph at Arches as well. Doing a workshop there with you would be lots of fun.

  94. Jon 1 May, 2009 at 11:00 Reply

    Just love the before and after. Gives me a complete view of the process and ideas on just how far I can go with post processing in lightroom to improve images. Keep it up…

  95. Ken Powell 1 May, 2009 at 10:58 Reply

    It is hard to say which I appreciate more, the before and after or hearing the thought process that goes with it!

    If only Scott will be able to come up to this level when I go to the Lightroom 2 Tour in Portland in a couple of weeks πŸ™‚

    Thanks again.

  96. Sunny 1 May, 2009 at 10:36 Reply

    Love the B&A video. It was very helpful and makes me feel better about the work I do in Lightroom to enhance my photos.

  97. Larry 1 May, 2009 at 10:29 Reply

    While I like the recipe step approach for future reference, seeing the process from before to after helps me understand so much more. Please keep them coming.

  98. Mike 1 May, 2009 at 10:25 Reply

    Matt this was GREAT!

    I sometimes/often take liberties in the name of making my pictures look better by making adjustments to enhance my pics and this justifies what I do.

    Keep up the good work.

    Someday maybe the B/A of a portrait.

  99. Steven Alexander 1 May, 2009 at 10:21 Reply

    as with the 38 before me, thanks. I find this type of teaching very useful and hope you continue and expand its use.

  100. James 1 May, 2009 at 09:59 Reply

    I’ve been following your tips for 15 months now and although I’ve enjoyed and appreciated everything, this by far is the best yet.

    It goes beyond just a “how to tweak this” to provide a great insight into several really useful techniques that have real benefit. I know that I should learn more about layers in PS, and this is a huge help.

    As for more, bring them on – I for one can’t wait.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share these nuggets.

  101. Bill Webb 1 May, 2009 at 09:53 Reply


    Thank you. This was superbly helpful to me. The photos used were right down my alley (valley?) and the demos will help me refine my work flow and technique. The melding of LR and CS4 is something that I do often and your how-to will provide me with great guidance on future photos.

    If you could make this a weekly thing it would be great but I know THAT may be too much to put on you.

    Thanks again,

  102. Pete 1 May, 2009 at 09:05 Reply

    Love these, even if most of it’s known there’s always a little tip here or there…and often lots of this is new for folks just learning. Keep em up. I’d like to see a longer one on a single shot right through from raw to print sharpening. Thanks so much for sharing Matt, great work as always. Keep it up.

  103. Mark 1 May, 2009 at 08:48 Reply

    I love this idea. Now I can go back through a bunch of my old photos and try and bring them back to life. Its always nice to see real world applications on how this program works.

  104. Jeff Powell 1 May, 2009 at 08:47 Reply

    Great video, reminds me I need to use smart objects more. Always love workflow – before/after type videos!

  105. Hans 1 May, 2009 at 08:32 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    This video is very interesting. Please more of these befor/after video’s!!!!

    Thanks mate!!!

  106. Craig Lee 1 May, 2009 at 08:23 Reply

    I liked the before & after video. It does help to see how someone brings all of the features to bear on a given photograph. When first trying to learn all of these applications, it can be overwhelming to grasp what a feature can do and why you would want to use it. Seeing a process like this is very helpful.

  107. Tony Daniels 1 May, 2009 at 08:20 Reply

    I always really like you posts and this ‘before and after’ was great – the adjustments made such a difference. Thanks Matt – and yes, please keep them coming!

  108. Mike 1 May, 2009 at 08:11 Reply

    Please, do more before/after vids! I certainly can’t speak for others, but as a left-brainer, this video was extremely helpful and inspiring to me. Please keep ’em coming, Matt! πŸ™‚

  109. A different Matt 1 May, 2009 at 07:38 Reply

    Wasn’t sure I would like it, but it’s actually pretty good. Would certainly like to see more.

  110. Robert-Peter Westphal 1 May, 2009 at 06:22 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    many thanks for this very interesting video. I would like to have many many more before and after videos because I think we will learn most of them.Robert

  111. Mike 1 May, 2009 at 06:02 Reply

    Great videos, we all learn a lot, and this B/A is just great, cause we can compare our way to work with yours and, again, learn something, so please once in a while, do more of these

  112. Ashley 1 May, 2009 at 05:43 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Really diggin’ the before and after video. You said you would do more if there were comments…well here ya go!

    Im really learning allot from you, thanks dude.

    When are you coming to the UK?


  113. Jogge 1 May, 2009 at 05:33 Reply

    This is an amazing video – very good work and well suitable teaching things indeed! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!
    I like your website!

    Go ahead!!!

  114. Hannes 1 May, 2009 at 05:23 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    thanks for the great video and your effort showing how and why you do certain things.
    Why not do an own series with before & after videos? Maybe for several categories like portrait, sports & action etc…

    It would be great to see more of this

  115. Tertius 1 May, 2009 at 04:03 Reply

    I absolutely enjoyed your before and afters – please continue in presenting those! Thanks a lot for your effort – itΒ΄s highly appreciated.

  116. Dilip Barman 1 May, 2009 at 03:33 Reply

    Demos are great – thanks for sharing your process. I teach LR and often mix up plenty of demos with my Powerpoint theory; it seems to work well for me. I love how you made the landscape images so much more dramatic and interesting. I have occasionally used the adjustment brush with color (just a few hours ago in class I showed how to easily add a purple tint to somebody’s hair, in fact!), but you’re inspiring me to do more esp. with landscapes. Thanks!

  117. Jonas Hallgren 1 May, 2009 at 03:29 Reply

    Hi from Sweden – just to say I really love what you’re doing sharing all these tips, presets and whatnot to all of us!

    This was really an eye opener seeing your workflow in so much detail – thanks!

    Keep up the good work!


  118. Kevin Tran 1 May, 2009 at 03:04 Reply

    Hey Matt ! Thanks, it was great to see this B&A !
    Maybe you could do the same on portraits, I would love it as I’m more into wedding photography πŸ™‚

    Seeing the whole process is such a great way to learn ! Thanks again and I hope we will see more later on.

  119. frank "cooksfriend" severa 1 May, 2009 at 02:54 Reply

    Matt I really like the B&A and the way you talk us through it. I get the same feeling here that I do in Joe McNally’s new book. Hearing and seeing you go through the process allows us to get into your head and see “WHY” you do certain things rather than just “how” you do them.
    As I said it was like Joe’s book, to me it is as/if not more important as to why you are doing something not just how.
    Thanks and hope we see a lot of this.

    Frank (cooksfriend)

  120. Sam 1 May, 2009 at 02:06 Reply

    Great video. Thank you very much for the post. before and after videos are the best way to teach/showcase any effect. Keep up the good work.

  121. Bill 1 May, 2009 at 01:55 Reply


    Thanks for this, I LOVE the format and appreciate that you took the second photo into/out of Photoshop. I look forward to future B/A videos and, as always, sincerely appreciate your time and effort!

  122. Zach 1 May, 2009 at 01:34 Reply

    Love it, I always search the inter-webs for before and afters and this is even better to see the whole process. Thanks Matt.

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