Catching the last of the light

Follow Dutch photographer Claire Droppert as she searches for moments of tranquillity in and around Rotterdam.

Catching the last of the light

How Claire got this shot

 


Claire snapped this serene sunset on her phone, and then edits it to perfection in Lightroom mobile.
 

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1. Shoot RAW


Claire uses Lightroom mobile to shoot a RAW image.

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2. Edit selectively with radial gradients


In the light menu, Claire adds a radial gradient to the centre of her image and increases the exposure in that part of the image, making the most of the evening light. She moves on to the colour menu where she warms up the temperature, moves the tint slider across towards green and decreases the saturation.
 

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3. Make some general adjustments


In the optics menu Claire increases edge removal before moving to the effects menu and increasing the dehaze slider to make the image clearer. Back in the light menu, Claire increases the shadows and reduces the whites.

 

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4. Use a radial gradient to create a subtle spotlight


Claire adds a second radial gradient to the figures in the centre of the image. She increases the exposure to highlight the figures and bring out the detail on the pier then increases the shadows to create a greater contrast.

Claire Droppert


Claire Droppert

Claire Droppert is a photographer whose work celebrates serenity, simplicity and calm. She’s drawn to desolate spaces, waterscapes and open expanses of coastlines. Her focus on minimalist subjects combined with her unique editing style results in her signature dreamy, ethereal look.

Claire is interested in exploring the interaction between urban architecture and the natural world, finding peaceful moments even in the heart of a busy city. Her images have earned her almost 300,000 Instagram followers and her work has appeared in publications including Discovery magazine, The Huffington Post, Wired, ABCNews, This is Colossal, Visual News, Design You Trust and Fubiz.


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