How Ron got this shot
Ron gets this image looking its best, using the crop tool to improve the composition of the shot, then adding depth and drama with the point curve.
1. Basic adjustments
In the edit menu, Ron makes some basic adjustments: brightening the exposure, setting the white balance to auto and then increasing the temperature to restore the orange tones.
2. Adjust the composition with the crop tool
Ron opens Crop and Rotate and uses the crop tool to crop his image and to make sure the lamp in the image is dead centre. Using the rule of thirds and the grid on the crop tool, Ron crops the image further so his horizon runs along the bottom third of the image.
About the crop tool
The crop tool can be used to resize and straighten your image and adjust its proportions. Open the crop panel, then drag any edge of the crop box to resize it. Click inside the box and drag to reposition your image. You can hold down shift to get a more detailed grid. Once you’re happy, press enter to crop (you can always go back to the original in the aspect menu).
About the Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a guideline photographers use to make their images more striking. Imagine lines dividing your image into thirds both horizontally and vertically; the rule of thirds states that your photo will be well composed if key parts line up with these imaginary lines. To make his image more pleasing, Ron crops it to line the horizon up with the lower ‘third’.
3. Add depth with the point curve
Ron moves the point curve into an S-shape, deepening the darks and lightening the whites to add more contrast, remove noise and make the image more dramatic.
About the point curve tool
The point curve represents the RGB colours in your image. Selecting the white dot allows you to modify all the RGB colours at once, making them lighter or darker. It’s simple to adjust the point curve. To make all the light colour lighter as Ron does for this image, all you need to do is place a point towards the top right of the curve and drag it upwards – then watch your colours get lighter as you move.
4. Lens correction
In the optics panel Ron enables lens correction to remove the distortion from his wide-angle lens.
About the lens correction tool
With the lens correction tool you can fix common lens problems like distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and perspective correction without leaving Lightroom. All you need to do is click ‘enable lens correction’ in the optics panel.
Instagrammer and urban landscape photographer Ron Timehin started sharing his images back in 2012. Six years and 50,000 followers later, he’s been able to swap his day job for his passion and he’s landed commissions from the likes of Apple, Adidas, Nike, Red Bull and Google.
Ron’s taught himself everything he knows by simply going out and shooting. Now, with the help of Lightroom CC, he wants to help you do the same. Because – as he always says – it’s easier to succeed when you’re doing something you love.
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