Fun with Filters

August 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A lot of time can be spent in the digital Lightroom attempting to improve the imagery we take on location. Many times, it might not be about improving, but just experimenting with different things.  

This post is about just that, experimenting, but particularly with filters. Filters are arguably the most used tool to enhance a photograph. But it is also a fun way to get experience around the editing suite you are working with. 

The number one trick for a successful filtered image, is to use the one. An image that is striking, perhaps a building or portrait could be where to start. 

Here is an example of my filtered Black and White image of Waterloo Bridge and the city skyline:

Waterloo Bridge and city skyline The foreboding clouds were enhanced by first converting the original image to black and white. The next step is using a solarize filter which can be found in Photoshop CC under the "fliter" menu, then under "stylize" menu.

The effect is high contrast with dark blacks and very little grey. 

This is the effect of solarizing but retaining the colour: 

Waterloo Bridge in colour

Bold blues, high contrast and very striking. The result leaves the iconic buildings of London in silhouette and offers big impact. 


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