A few days ago I met with Cole Rise, who is an amazing photographer and founder of Lite.ly, a photo editing app, which I often use to touch up my iPhone photos. We ended up talking about everything under the sun. Towards the end of that conversation, I asked him if he would be open to editing one of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Tuscany. This picture perfect view was the first thing I saw when I woke up every morning. I snapped the same photo pretty much every day. (You can see the whole series here on my Storehouse.)
Cole agreed and did an edit (which is the photo above the fold) and shared his editing process:
- Selectively brought down the exposure in the background to highlight the layers of the fog & bring more focus to the foliage in the foreground.
- Added the Litely “Lunar High” preset to add subtle blue tones and little bit of contrast to the photo.
- Increased the Clarity & Vibrance very minimally to make the image “pop” a bit more. – To add more focus to the foreground, added a radial Vignette by decreasing the exposure of the 4 corners slightly.
- Cleaned up the image by removing the wires and telephone pole in the foreground.
- Removed the foliage in the left foreground by selecting that area and doing a “Content-Aware Fill”, and then cloning in the top of another bush for symmetry.