Adobe Lightroom Tutorial – Cloudy Weather Travel Photography

Seattle Space Needle - cloudy day

This is the Seattle Space Needle shot today from Kerry Park in the Queen Anne area of Seattle. There are always some photographers up here looking for that perfect shot of downtown Seattle city and the Space Needle (which is in Seattle Center).

This shot was made with a Nikon D300 and 17-55mm f/2.8 Nikkor AF-S-DX lens. Setting was 1/640th at F9. Exposure was set to Manual and a five shot bracket was done at 0.7 stop difference. The bracket is both for choosing the right exposure or making an HDR image.

For the image at the top of this page, I chose the exposure that I liked best and processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, using Recovery, Vibrance and a little bit of of Saturation to improve the image. I also used Lens Correction and a slight amount of Highlight Priority Effect to darken the corners of the image slightly (so that the center will stand out more).

unedited image of Space Needle

This is the original unedited image, exported out of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom without any corrections (except the default corrections of the application itself). The original image itself is in the RAW file format and can not be exported, printed or viewed without some sort of interpretation by what ever application you are using.

Kerry Park is the best viewpoint for shooting the Space Needle with the downtown background so I will be doing this same shot many times, in different weather conditions.

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