If you’ve read my Fujifilm X-T3 review you’ll know that it’s capable of producing some superb images in-camera. However, there are times when you need to do a little editing to get exactly what you’re looking for. I saw the scene below as I was returning through a local woodland with my dog. A break in the cloud sent a shaft of sunlight through the trees and I ran a bit deeper into the woods to capture it.
I dialled in -1EV exposure compensation and set the white balance to Shade, but the end result looks a little less autumnal than I had in mind. However, I knew I could get what I wanted with a little editing on the computer.
As the image is a raw file, opening it from Adobe Bridge actually opens Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). This uses the same engine as Lightroom, but the controls are arranged a little differently. However, it’s easy to translate my ACR adjustments into Lightroom edits. Here are the steps I took:
- I shot the image with the Square format selected in the X-T3’s menu. However, you actually have the data from the whole sensor in the raw file. This means if you select the Crop tool in ACR, you can adjust the aspect ratio or cropping if you like. In this instance, I kept the same framing.
- My first step was to adjust the exposure and contrast of the image. There are no rules here, I just adjusted the settings in the first tab of ACR until I got the result that I think works. In this case, I increase the colour temperature to 14000 and applied a tint of +18 in the white balance section. This warms the image.
I wanted to emphasise the way the sunlight was cutting through the darkness of the wood, so I moved the Shadows slider to -30 and the Blacks to -44. I also took the overall exposure down very slightly (-0.1).
- To give the woods an even warmer note I clicked on the fourth tab in the adjustments palette – HSL Adjustments. I then selected the Hue adjustments and adjusted the Yellows towards the red tones, taking them to -48. I also made the Greens more yellow by adjusting them to -53 as shown below.
- My last step was to darken the area around the shaft of light even further. To do this, I selected the Adjustment Brush from the tools at the top of the image. I then increased the size of the brush to that shown below and reduced the Exposure to -1. I then painted over the top left and bottom right corners of the image, either side of the light. This adjustment was a bit too dramatic so I altered the exposure of the Brush to -0.45.
- As I was happy with the image, I clicked on ‘Save Image’ (in the bottom left corner of the screen above) and saved the image as a Jpeg. The final image is below.
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