Editing an image with the stated goal of publishing it in a magazine requires to take into account some crucial workflow steps in order to come up with the most satisfying image. In this detailed workflow, I will show you how I managed, combining DxO OpticsPro 10 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5 tools, to fix light and perspective issues inherent in architectural shots, in order to get the best image quality for a magazine front-page.
Final Edited image
My architectural photography work is often used as documentation for big construction areas in Germany and Europe, and the very first essential step in my photo editing workflow is the selection of the photos I like the best, keeping in mind that they must fit the customer’s expectations. This photograph was to be published on a German magazine front-page.
While starting my editing, I consistently have a look at the histogram, and move the sliders watching for the resulting changes in the image.
For this architecture photo, which presents a pretty strong backlighting,I lightened up the Shadows (slider to 58) in the Selective Tone palette, then slightly darkened the Highlights (slider to -6) in order to keep a natural look to the image. I then checked the histogram again, and made some additional adjustments by modifying the RAW White Balance slightly moving the Temperature slider to the left in order to give a cooler tint to the scene. I finished the editing by reinforcing the microcontrasts in the image using the dedicated slider in the Contrast palette.
The Selective Tone palette
The RAW White Balance palette
The Contrast palette
Image before/after corrections
The idea was to make all lines parallel to the frame of the image, which I had to do afterwards since I normally work with tripods, defining the overall image composition before shooting.
For this particular shot, as I was standing on the top of a skyscraper, on a quite narrow metal bar, danger did not help me with getting straight lines at first. DxO ViewPoint came in handy to correct the slight perspective deformation visible on the original image. To do so, I used the Perspective palette and manually set the Up/Down slider up to 3, and the Left/Right slider up to 2, keeping the Intensity of the correction to 100.
The DxO ViewPoint Perspective palette
Image after DxO ViewPoint perspective corrections
My next step was to straighten the horizon manually by dragging the two points of reference on one of the metal bars in the image. I finally cropped the image to my needs.
Manually straightening the horizon with the Horizon palette
the Crop tool palette
final edited image using DxO OpticsPro 10 and DxO ViewPoint 2 tools
You can easily go further in the editing by using DxO FilmPack 5 to apply a nice Black & White film rendering to your image, which totally works for me on this architecture photo. I chose to apply the Kodak Tri-X 400 rendering, pushing up the Intensity slider to 115.
The DxO FilmPack Color rendering palette
Final Edited image combining DxO OpticsPro and DxO ViewPoint tools and DxO FilmPack Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film rendering
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