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Lightroom Challenge, BEFORE and AFTER let’s look at your photos!

September 6, 2019

the Lightroom challenge is over in fact in
this video we’re going to check out your work welcome to my channel here we talk
about photography and and I make videos just like this one where we look at your
photos so if you are here for the very first time it might be a good idea to
subscribe a few things I like to say before jumping into your photos first
thing thank you very much I saw almost 200 photos posted on
Instagram with the hashtag Lightroom challenge it’s fantastic I really
appreciate that so many of you decided to take part to this challenge which
really is not a challenge is just a photo edit assignment next thing and this is
related to the criteria that I used to select the photos that I’m going to show
you I’m not going to show you what I thought are the best photos I’m going to
show you the photos that impressed me more for the work that has been done in
Lightroom that’s why it was important to see the before picture in order for me
to understand what kind of adjustments you guys did to the photos and how you
brought those photos to life, good! one more thing I received a comment that was
suggesting what we could do for the next Lightroom challenge unfortunately I
cannot find the comment I will put some more efforts because I think this person
deserves some visibility it’s a smart comment I want to give you his name
nevertheless this guy is suggesting that the next challenge should be about
editing one of my photos so basically everyone is editing the same photo I
will give you a raw file and you will do the Edit at the end of the
video after I show you your photos I will give you some more details about
this challenge but now let’s open Instagram and check some of your photos
so what I did is that I saved the photos that I thought I wanted to share in this
video if I go here saved let’s go PeNovak is the before this day after why I
selected this photo is that because I think I did a very very good job in both
enhancing the fall colors and then also I really like the contrast on the water
ripples that in my opinion are giving a very good depth to this image so very
very good job next photo here Krystalynn photography so this is the
before this is the after I really like the color treatments that Krystalynn
did in this photo I hope I pronounce all the names correctly but if not be
patient and even if on the left side of this image we can clearly see there is
some overexposed areas in this photo I do like the mood that Krystalynn was
able to create in this image next photo next photo is a Ray Palomares photo
so this is the before and this is the after I like what Ray was able to do
in enhancing the light that is hitting these posts in the water helping the
image to get a little more depth at the same time also in this case what
happened is that by opening the brightness of this image we did
encounter the same problem of over exposing the sky right in the center so
in this case would be maybe better to try to brighten the lower part maybe
with a gradient filter rather than increasing the exposure to
the entire image next photo this is Kenny Thomas Kenny Thomas this
is the before which has its own mood interesting anyways and this is the
after I think Kenny did a very good job in giving more details to the background
and also enhancing the reflections of of this peer into the water so good job
next photo JOCHEN FEHLBAUM from Germany the Tower Bridge in London
before after very nice job you can see how the the Tower Bridge was kind of a
overexposed and now we have very nice details on the towers on the bridge very
nice work nice long exposure I like it good job
next photo next photo is from Marcus Jose and this is the before and is the
after Marcus was able to bring up more details from the darker areas of the
photos without creating too much noise so thumbs up next photo next photo is
Kevin Nash I thought this was a very very good shot first of all even without
any correction but then with the corrections we can see the colors of the
fall and overall a very balanced image where the colors of the foliage of the
sky of the water create a very interesting mood I think that the sky
has been darkened with a graduated filter and I think that part of the tree
has been darkened as well but you have the possibility, Kevin
and everybody else, to erase is part of that treatment by using a brush tool and
we will see in one of the next videos next photo pierre glr from france all
right here’s the before here’s the after I like how Pierre was able to create
these almost sunset mood from a photo that in the original it was a little
more flat I can see and I understand what Pierre had in mind while editing
this photo nevertheless even in this case I believe that Pierre used the
graduated filter and part of the upper part of this skyscraper got very dark
compared to the lower part even in this case with the erase brush we can remove
the graduated filter from affecting the building next shot next shot is from
Anthony Poole this is the before and this the after Brooklyn Bridge Park this
place sounds familiar to me long exposure we can see the the light
trails of the boats that are passing by the East River lovely view of the city I
think that from an image that the before shot to most people will look like oh my
god this is wrong but with good technique we can bring to life a shot
that seems doesn’t have a lot of hope so good job on this thanks for sharing
your work next shot is from SHAUN Bamford upstate New York this is the
before and this is the after another long exposure SHAUN was able to bring to
life the fall colors I think it gave nice details to the foreground without
making the foreground too distractive and basically drive us
into the river turn nice job thank you for sharing this photo with us and these
are all the photos I have today I will link in the description down below the
names of all the photographers that took the pictures you just
saw now let’s talk about the next challenge I have picked one of my photos
which is this one so as you can see this is a 15 second exposure f8 ISO 64 I used
an ND filter I used the 10 stops ND filter in
order to get these daylight long exposure and as you can see I don’t have
a very nice Histogram my curve is all on the left exactly the opposite of what I
usually would like to achieve I was not very happy with this shot and by the way
this is a beautiful waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon
unfortunately it is very popular so there’s a lot of people around me on the
bridge everywhere nevertheless I did edit this photo and this turned out to
be one of my favorite photos interesting isn’t it
so I will not show you yet my edit I will put a link to my Dropbox right in
the description below so you can download the photo do your own edit and
again I would like you to share this on your Instagram you don’t need to put the
before because I know the before very well just put the final result TAG me
in the photo and use the hashtag #LightroomChallengeARP – Attilio Ruffo Photography so
that we create a new hashtag where I can see all the photos related to this new
challenge so this is all for today I hope you enjoyed this video I also would
like to know what do you think about photo assignments and please leave me a
comment below I’d like to know your thoughts I have some ideas so let me
know what you think and now of course do your part
little like little subscribe little sharing with your friends all the good
stuff thanks for watching and I will see you in the next video! 🙂


  • Reply FilibertoCastro November 15, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Great video!

  • Reply Attilio Ruffo November 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    What do you think about these photo edits?

  • Reply Marco Luca Muto November 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Bellissimo video Attilio complimenti foto stupende un abbraccio dall'Italia

  • Reply IamRecon001 November 15, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Ah. Forgot …Life ..too busy …. also lusting after new camera Canon 6DMk2 ….. UK price versus HK for Canons is a head scratcher

  • Reply James A Holland Jr November 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    My son-in-law had emergency surgery last week so I didn't get a chance to participate in this first challenge , but I will be this time. Thank you for all you do for the photographic community, I really enjoy and appreciate your skills and willingness to share with others. Great job.

  • Reply William Matthews November 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm


  • Reply William Matthews November 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Another superb vlog, thanks 📷 📸

  • Reply Max Maruzzi November 15, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Come sempre ottimo

  • Reply Vaun's Photography November 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Loved this video. I missed your challenge. I don't have Lightroom installed. I do have Lightroom CC on my phone and tablet.

    I think photography assignments can be useful, especially if they are well thought out.

    Love your channel and I started following you on Instagram as well.

  • Reply Hieth George November 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    How did I miss this I wish I had a go as would have loved your expert opinion and can't wait for the next #challenge

  • Reply Cornwall on Camera November 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for using my photo, I nearly didn’t enter but after following your 3 tutorial videos I was really happy with the way the image came out.

  • Reply Matt Grile November 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I cant find the waterfall pic to download. Any help would be usefull. 📸📸📸

  • Reply Michelle Liu November 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    This video was great! Loved seeing all the before and after transformation. Thumbs up on the idea of photo assignment. I’m looking forward to sharing on a more intimate platform like this one.

  • Reply Rosalie Bischof November 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I’m not seeing the download with your image.

  • Reply Kevin Nash November 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Hey, I made it on; thank you Attilio!

  • Reply Mohammed Aareeb November 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Lovely video. The great idea of edit your photo

  • Reply Mauro Orlando November 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Very good job, I think you selected good examples from the challenge, even if I'm not there 😉
    And yes, please continue with this assignments, they make all your stuff more interesting and close a gap with us the spectators, so becoming participants. A Lightroom edit is definitively better than a thumb up, but of course you deserved it too.

  • Reply Mike Capell November 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Man seen a lot good photos great job on there work maybe next time I’ll get mine in there

  • Reply Remundo November 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    TIF file 206.88MB OMG Never had so much pictural data 😀
    great videos and thanks for transmitting a certain photography community feeling 🙂

  • Reply Ady Holland November 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I like the idea of photo assignments, it makes your channel interactive and unique.

  • Reply Marco Parodi November 15, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    What about having a photo critique contest or next time have you editing one of our photos? I think that would be interesting. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

  • Reply John Drummond November 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Photo assignments are a great idea for direct engagement with your followers. Sorry I forgot to enter the last one.

  • Reply Alberto Morais November 15, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Mr. Attilio, im sad i lose the lightroomchallenge, could you give me the opportunity to review my photo?

  • Reply Alberto Morais November 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Mr. Attilio, regarding the next challenge, could you tell me the advantage of having a tif file, larger than the original file in arw?

  • Reply Ole Ralph Hammer November 15, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I think it is a good/fun idea with assignments, a chance/challenge to see if we can use the methods we were shown in the previous videos. I still hope and look forward for more tips and techniques to be learned.
    More details on how to use the gradient filter, erase parts of the changes etc. would be great. A video on histogram would be nice. I know the histogram, but I am sure you got some information and details that I do not know, yet… Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge and knowhow in these videos. You are really good at explaining and demonstrating the stuff you teach. Nice, calm, slowly and with focus on the technique you show us 🙂

  • Reply enrique251 November 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Atilio. The link to the dropbox file isn't working. I´d like to participate .

  • Reply Hilmar Ivarson November 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Was very excited to edit your photograph! Unfortunately instagram crop the picture from top and bottom… Consider to repost it…. Or keep if there is no problem 🙂

  • Reply Jan Fellstrom - Beta November 15, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I like the idea of photo assignments but I do not have Lightroom, I use RawTherapee. Could I still take part?

  • Reply SILENTIUM ASMR November 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    so happy to see such a great photographer interacting whit your audience, FANTASTIC, great job,respect

  • Reply Santiago Simone November 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    … sorry Attilio no instagram here, here is my entry to your next #LightroomChallengeARP : , love your work!

  • Reply Ανδρέας Κεμάλης November 15, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Another fantastic video Attilio, Thanks You..

  • Reply Mike Swain November 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Having missed the original challenge, I opened the video expecting to see you converting Penowak's image. This was really great work and it would be good if at all possible to see the steps he took to achieve the stunning results. How about that as a joint exercise for a future video?

  • Reply liviu nicolae November 15, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    the song from the final of the video Attillio please!

  • Reply Shaun Bamford November 15, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Wow, thanks for featuring my photo. Plenty of great captures submitted this time, can't wait to start editing your image.

  • Reply Trevor November 16, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Hi Attilio, It's great to see LR before and after shots, it's something that's being encouraged in my local camera club to help members understand how it can enhance a shot. thanks

  • Reply Kenneth Thomas November 16, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Thank you so much for considering my photo. All the photographers did an excellent job, and I learned a lot from the images. Can't wait to edit your photo. Photo assignments get you out your comfort zone. Keep it coming.

  • Reply Craig Hemsath November 16, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Love the photo assignments! Great idea to see many perspectives on one photo

  • Reply Photo McPhotoface Poole November 16, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Attilio, Thank you so much for choosing one of my pictures. I am honoured. It was the very last one I took that night and one of my favourites from the shoot. I am looking forward to having a go at editing the waterfall. I have no idea what you saw when you took the image, so I will have to use my imagination. I’m also looking forward to seeing how other people edit it.

  • Reply mike kabora November 16, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Photo assignments are a great idea. It will be a great avenue for interaction with one another.

  • Reply Meine Reise November 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Like this a lot! Your channel is different to others in a very positive way.Some videos ago I thought you would be a good teacher/tutor in college/university and now I'm more convinced than ever! 🙂

  • Reply sophornnarith sam November 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    How can i download ur photo?

  • Reply Kenny C November 17, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Great video like always. Maybe next time you can give my photo a shoutout 🥁

  • Reply Mark James Wilcox November 17, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Thank you Attilio. How wonderful of you to help us progress with our learning for free. Your ideas when reviewing the edited photos shown were great and, as you said, will lead on to further instructional videos. The photo you’ve released for the new assignment will be a great challenge I think.

  • Reply frank waters November 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I have a question. For the waterfall challenge, are we to use Lightroom only, and no photoshop?

  • Reply Jim Irby November 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Very good video and I like the new challenge. However, after making a number of edits to your photo I realized that I don't know an easy way to move a photo from Lightroom to Instagram without going through my phone. Perhaps you can make a video on how to post Lightroom photos to Instagram since I've lost faith in using Facebook. Keep up the good work with the challenges.

  • Reply Tony Cannan November 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    The idea of LR Challenge is great, gives aspiring photographers a chance to see where their editing skills are actually at.

  • Reply Gianmarco Nofi November 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Ciao Attilio volevo un consiglio .. sono in cerca della mia prima fotocamera per iniziare a fare foto ed imparare .. quale mi consigli budget 5-600€.. una bella macchina comunque recente e performante … che mi dici ?? Grazie

  • Reply Frances B November 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Attilio thank you so much for this great video, great as usual :-)…. now I have to force myself to buy a decent camera otherwise I will never be able to participate….ohhh yes! your contest is absolutely a good reason to buy it 🙂 ….. and I should not look at the pictures of others otherwise I just give up before I even think about ….

  • Reply William DeSevo November 19, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I'm a fan of the assignments even though I don't use Lightroom. I figure the software package doesn't really matter as much as the technique and approach.

  • Reply Daryl Gilbert November 19, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Attilio, I've downloaded your raw file. It's a 1:1.5 image and will not fit properly on Instagram. Can you suggest proper image size so that I can post the entire image? Thanks, Daryl

  • Reply Luciano Bartoli November 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Ciao Attilio
    mi sono iscritto al tuo canale e ogni tanto guardo se ci fosse qualche video che riguardano il mondo mavic
    ….purtroppo sono una capra toscana e devo capire ciò che dici facendo traduzione con il traduttore di google…
    fai qualche video in italiano grazie

  • Reply Luca S November 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Attilio, a quando il Mavic 2? Che voglio i tuoi video di settaggi e consigli 🙂

  • Reply Dareana01 November 22, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I love the challenge idea… I don't have an instagram account. Is there a time limit to submit? Thank you.

  • Reply Lukas Látal November 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    grande lavoro Attilio, complimenti da Slovakia,

  • Reply crwalker0323 December 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I love the lightroom challenges. Can you please do more of these challenges? This helps me tremendously with learning photography and Lightroom.

  • Reply Rinita Roychowdhury January 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Do you always convert your RAW files to dng format?

  • Reply Rose C January 8, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Hello from Kansas. I just found your You Tube Channel, and I am so glad I found it. I love the way your take your time explaining your edits. I mainly use Lightroom so I was very happy that you use it too. Great job. Thank you.

  • Reply Dan Urban March 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Attillo, I'd like to find out how you are getting your images onto Instagram? Are you exporting them to your computer and then getting them on your phone to upload? or are you using a different method? Thanks

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