I took this shot a couple of years ago in Pigeon Forge, TN, at a Cracker Barrel on our 25th anniversary trip. I love the retro Coca-Cola cooler and the glass bottles, but the photo is very yellow (as most indoor, non-flash, nighttime photos are). Also, I wanted the image to have a retro feel to match the subject.

Day 4 - Before

Day 4 - After

The Edits

  1. Crop the photo tighter.
  2. Use Matt Kloskowski’s Nostalgic Effect Preset (2) for Lightroom (this preset is not for Lightroom 4; see yesterday’s post for details on using older presets with Lightroom 4), which increases clarity (makes it sharper: the original isn’t too sharp since the camera was handheld in low light) and reduces color vibrance and saturation (see how faded the red is now?).

The edits make a big difference, don’t they!

See all 31 Days of Before & After Shots here. Find links to other 31 Dayers here.

[Click here to read my first two 31 Days series, 31 Days of Encouragement and 31 Days of Real Life.]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

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