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10 before and after photo edits – favorites from my Instagram #5

I have shared a lot of new photos in my Instagram account since the previous before and after blog post. This calls for a new post in the series!

If you haven’t seen the previous parts of these series, click here for the first, here for the second part and here for the third part.

If you want to see the before and after of any other photo from my account, be sure to message me your request in my Instagram. 🙂

The 10 edits

These tulips that I captured in evening sun this Spring were edited in Lightroom. I stepped away from all the yellows in the photo and warmed up the mood by introducing more pink tones in the edit. Of course I also removed some distractions from the photo. It’s always important to remove any distracting objects, so that the viewers eyes are drawn to the main object ?

Another edit done completely in Lightroom. After changing the flower tone to purple, I made the middle of the flower pop more. I also colored the background soft purple by using radial gradient tool and reducing the dehaze tool. Combining it with a color of your choice (mine was purple) you can very easily color your dark backgrounds and make them any soft color. To make sure that the radial gradient tool affects only the background, I used eraser to remove the edit from the flower petals. You can tap here to open up my edit in Lightroom and see all the steps I did.

Firstly this photo was edited with Denoise Topaz AI to remove the noise that was created due to the photo being shot at ISO 2000. Afterwards I edited it in Lightroom to add the dark mood. I completely removed all the greens from the photo, leaving only the yellow tones on the stem. The curve tool helped me create more moody feel by uplifting the shadows. After the edit in Lightroom, I added dust overlay in PicsArt.

A fairly overexposed photo turned into dark and moody photo by editing in Adobe Lightroom. Since I shoot in raw, it’s very easy to recover back the lost detail from an overexposed photo. I removed all the blue tones and turned them into purple. Adding vignette helped me to drag more attention to the center of the photo. You can see my edit in Lightroom by tapping here. After Lightroom, I edited the photo in PicsArt to add the dust overlay.

In this edit I used the Camera Calibration tool (available only in Lightroom Classic) to turn the greens into more orange and purples into more blue. I have saved a couple of such adjustments as presets for easy access on mobile. I have also reduced the brightness of the bokeh in the middle of the photo to make it more pop. After editing in Lightroom, I used PicsArt to add a bokeh overlay in the background and foreground.

This edit is done only in Lightroom. With the edit I made the flower and the whole photo pop more. I also dragged more attention to the flower by darkening the foreground of the photo.

I edited this flower photo in Lightroom. By using the HSL and tint tools I got rid of the yellow tones in the background. Clarity and dehaze edits made the flower pop more, and so did the vignette. You can see all the described steps in Lightroom by tapping here. Afterwards I added some bokeh dust overlay with PicsArt.

You may be surprised to see such difference in the shape of the flower. This is one of the rare times when I used Adobe Photoshop (PC) to alter the shape of the flower by creating a full heart. I also used the Liquify tool to make the heart shaped more bold. In Lightroom I warmed up the photo and changed the tones of purple. In the end I added some colorful bokeh overlays in Picsart by using the Mask tool. The app offers a wide variety of overlays to choose from.

A very requested edit from you, so here it is. This bumblebee photo was edited in Adobe Lightroom. Thanks to RAW, I was able to brighten up the bumblebee’s dark parts to make the pollen pop more. As you can see, I also changed up the flower color, so that the photo would fit in my purple theme. Although I have one more photo of this little fella waiting to be posted in my blue theme.

Original size of the photo

Thanks to 24MP sensor on my camera, I was able to crop in the photo quite a lot without losing detail. This helps me to get more close-up photos with my 105mm macro lens.

Yet again I finish with a bonus photo that I still haven’t posted on my feed. This is a great example of why you need to shoot in RAW. I was shooting the flowers in the shadow when I noticed this little critter chilling on top of this flower. I quickly shot some photos before he flew off and they were overexposed due to me not changing the camera’s settings. For a moment I thought that this photo would be unrecoverable and almost even didn’t load it in my Lightroom. When I loaded it and tapped on “Auto”, I was shocked that there were still so many details, and all the blue of the sky was recoverable.

So here I am showing you a photo that I almost threw out. It’s edited in Lightroom by darkening it and removing the purple tones from the flower. I also sharpened the bug to drag more attention to it. In the end I added some bokeh overlay with PicsArt.


Did I inspire you to open Lightroom and try your skill on editing a photo? Or to open PicsArt and try on applying some overlays? I bet you’ll do great! ?

this time I tried to go more deeper in specific edits that I did on these photos. Having the photos saved in my Lightroom account, and my Lightroom creator profile helped me describe each step that I did.

Be sure to give a visit to my Instagram to see all my recent photos and find more inspiration for your edits. Stay tuned for part 6! ?

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