Lightroom Editing: Before & After Images from Coney Island

I thought you might like to see a few before-and-after examples from a recent photoshoot, the unprocessed images straight from camera alongside the final version after some adjustments in Adobe Lightroom. These are all from the same shoot, with actress Hollybeth Gourlay at Coney Island in Brooklyn, on a Fujifilm X-T10 camera with either the Fujifilm 35mm f/2 or 56mm f/1.2 lens and using only natural light. All processing was done in Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 on a MacBook Pro.

35mm, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/1000s

35mm, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/1000s

The first is a fairly straightforward black & white conversion but is still perhaps the most dramatic change from the source image. Hollybeth is in shadow with her hair backlit by the sun. The source file feels cold too for this image. Brightening the image has helped significantly and also made the rocks in the background more subtle. On this occasion I've simply taken saturation all the way to -100 to convert it to black & white, rather than the various other methods available in Lightroom. To complete the image I've straightened it, cropped a little at the bottom and increased the contrast slightly.

35mm, ISO200, f/2, 1/75s

35mm, ISO200, f/2, 1/75s

Under one of the subway lines this time, and this time I wanted a colder, more gritty image. I liked the central light as a feature of the old subway structure, but found it too distracting in the image when I want Hollybeth to be the main subject. I've darkened the image overall and applied some vignette, but the main affect is from a preset that I've been developing which emphasizes green tones and minimizes reds to give a much colder overall look.

35mm, ISO200, f/2.2, 1/450s

35mm, ISO200, f/2.2, 1/450s

This paneled window was a great find and we stayed to put together a number of strong images here, even with the beach waiting nearby. The processing is very similar to the last image, again using a my own preset. I was happy with the crop straight from camera, with her eye being in the center of the image. I have another similar image with the shadow from the window bar running across her eyes, but I think this one is the stronger of the two.

56mm, ISO200, f/1.8, 1/2000s

56mm, ISO200, f/1.8, 1/2000s

Back to the beach and this was taken out on the pier at Coney Island. I can't remember why the horizon is so far off horizontal as I'm sure I was resting the camera on the rail at the time, but the proximity of the closer crop and the angle of her face makes a big difference in the final image. As you can see, I've also brightened the image and reduced the overall saturation. I've also added contrast and used the Fujifilm Classic Chrome simulation which also reduces saturation but shows more detail, especially in the shadows.

It was a great shoot with a lot of variety and Coney Island provides such as interesting location to explore. If you want to see more I'll be sharing more of the final images over on Instagram along with those from some other recent shoots.

Hollybeth is an actress in New York and you can find more details about her on her website.