Over the past week or two I have been very focused on tidying out my Lightroom Catalog, or should I say catalogs. Over the years since I started using Lightroom I had managed to create a complete buarach of copies of images. I began the process by consolidating all my images into one single catalog, containing over 21,000 images, many of which were duplicates. I gradually worked through them all and now have just over 4,000 left. It took a great deal of courage to finally press the delete button and remove the discarded images once and for all. No doubt I will discover that I have lost a few by mistake but I feel strangely elated at having completed the task.
One interesting aspect of going through all your old images is that you see how you have progressed in terms of post-processing of the RAW images. In some cases I know I could do much better now, but many still stand up to scrutiny I think. As a result though, I decided to take ten of my favourite images and try an alternative approach to their processing. I chose to experiment with a more desaturated look. I feel that too often one gets subconciously into a habit of over processing and creating highly saturated and contrasty images. While this can add drama and punch to your work, it can also become a bit predictable. Anyway, here are the results of my little experiment and I would welcome feedback via the comments option below.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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