Seascape – How was it Processed?

As you probably know, I use Lightroom 90% of the time, and most of the Lightroom Presets I use, I sell on The Bell Sisters.

Well, I get a lot of questions regarding my processing techniques outside of the application of my Lightroom Presets.

So I thought it would be fun to show you some before and after images, and explain what I actually did, on top of my Lightroom Preset(s).

So, here we go!


  • Canon EOS 1D mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8 L

Lightroom Preset

I processed this photograph with my Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset

Note you can buy Natural Vibrane with a another preset or action and save £10.00 – This offer expires May 14th 2011 – BST

The Before & After Image

Before & After Implementing the Lightroom Preset

The left image is before anything has been done to the image.

The right image is after implementing the Lightroom Preset, Natural Vibrance

The Breakdown – During Processing, Part 1

I imported the photograph into Lightroom 3. The image was slightly askew – so I used the straightening & cropping tool in Lightroom to straighten it, especially because of the sea line I had to get it pretty actuate.

You can see what the photograph looked like after I used Natural Vibrance in the image above

The Breakdown – During Processing, Part 2

The left image is after the Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset

The right image is after implementing Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset and the 2nd part of processing, which I explain below.

After I set Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset on my photograph, I then used the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to enhance the colour of the sea and the sky.

Here is what I did for each bit:-

  • The Sky: I picked the colour I wanted the sky to be, but I didn’t make the sky too strong or it would take away the impact of the sea colour.
  • The Sea: I picked a much stronger blue for the sea as the original colour of it was pretty yucky and once I set Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset it made the sky and sea too purple.
  • Vignette: Because I was using a wide angle it already adds more vignette so I reduced some of it as I don’t like to have too much.

Finished Processing

That’s it – I’m all done!

I don’t always need to use the adjustment brush, however I felt I had to show off the colours of the sea and the sky.

I used Natural Vibrance Lightroom Preset for the overall tones, brightness, contrast and feeling, and then adapted the parts I was unhappy with.

Note you can buy Natural Vibrane with a another preset or action and save £10.00 – This offer expires May 14th 2011 – BST

Using my Lightroom Preset(s) really saves me time. It gives me the opportunity to be picky about other parts, like the sea, sky etc. Also don’t miss out o

I hope this gives you a clear picture of what I did, and helps you with your own processing!

Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or if you’d like to see a blog post, like this one on a different photograph.

– Sasha Bell