As January nears its end, my mind starts turning towards the fast approaching cherry blossom season. Especially since this will be my last cherry blossom season as a resident of Japan, I’m aiming to make the most of it. I’ve got lots of places I want to visit and photograph, and can’t wait to share those photos with you! In the meantime, I’m looking back through old images and considering the editing process while I dream of the coming spring. Although there are situations that call for more advanced techniques in Photoshop, most of the time, all I need to make a photo of the sakura pop is Lightroom. That was certainly the case here. The original image was very flat and the colors muted, and I also I under exposed the image a bit. With some easy adjustments in Lightroom, I was able to pull out details and colors that the camera had a difficult time picking up on its own, and easily correct the exposure.
By the way, you can get my free eBook on photographing cherry blossoms at this link. You can find my free Sakura Lightroom Preset pack right here. And make sure to check out my gallery of beautiful cherry blossom photos at this link: Cherry Blossoms.
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Shot Info: f/1.8 | 1/800sec | ISO 100 | 85mm