Lightroom 4 and Nik Viveza - Powerful Combination
I like this Chili's, our local rendition of the national chain restaurant. Good beer, good food, a cozy ambience with plenty of sports TV's, and a bunch of really nice people working there make for a pleasant evening. We go here frequently to enjoy an informal cocktail after work and usually a light meal of some of their appetizers.
A few days ago, as we were heading home after dinner, I turned around and snapped a quick photo of the front of the restaurant. The lighting was soft and the clouds were gray and not really that threatening. When I downloaded this photo, I wasn't particularly happy with the result, but decided to work it a bit in Lightroom 4.
First, I used the Color Panel, HSL setting, using the Luminance Slider tool by clicking on various parts of the image and dragging to darken the clouds and lighten the front of the building. But this seemed to limit my corrections to what made for a more interesting image but not the drama I was wanting.
So, a quick "Edit in Viveza" to export the image to Nik's wonderful Viveza software, where I used some control points to add more drama to the clouds and further lighten up the building's facade.
Finally, back to Lightroom 4 for some noise reduction and I ended up with the photo you see at the top.
My Olympus OM-D E-M5 did a great job setting the exposure for this shot. While the raw image was a bit flat looking, it was exposed just right to maintain detail in all areas of the photo, allowing my software to bring out those details.
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