Here’s an example of the improvements in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop since 2008.  This image was shot in camera raw in 2008; however, in my post processing, I just couldn’t seem to crop to the falcon without seeing a lot of unwanted noise.  My photograph was not well lit; however, it was all I had to work with.  My first attempt at post processing in Photoshop CS3 used a shadowy, desaturated look to hide all of the background noise.  I liked the look, but I was never happy about the light on the falcon.  Today, I revisited this photograph in the latest version of Lightroom, re-cropped, removed noise and added a vignette.  I also darkened the bottom of the image with the adjustment brush.  I could have gone a bit further to darken the bird food box, which I think is distracting in this image.  In any case, here is a collage which shows (from left to right) the original image, my first attempt at post-processing in 2008, and my latest attempt at post-processing.  Clearly, Adobe continues to improve the way Lightroom and Photoshop handle images.  Of course, this image was shot in Raw format — essential for being able to manipulate digital images.  I doubt the JPG format would have allowed this much improvement.

royal gorge falconry 3 edits results

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