The first thing I do is plugging my SD Card into my Computer and start to copy all the images in a new folder named after the date,
at which they were taken! After this is done I import all the RAW Files into Lightroom by simply dragging the images onto
the LR-Symbol on my desktop!
On the far left you can see all my folders with their names. In the middle are all the (already edited) pictures from this folder. We are now going to focus on Image 40, which is the approaching FedEx B777!
The first thing which need to be done now is to crop and rotate the image. I like to crop, so the plane really fills the frame. I always try to center the plane, so there is a equal amount of space to the left as to the right border. This image had no need to be rotated, since I hold the camera fairly horizontal, thanks to my built-in spirit level.
Next up I active the profile corrections and make Lightroom remove all chromatic aberration by clicking on the box next to it. Usually I do this step first, when I import new images, since I can then use the 'Synchronize' function and save some clicks!
Now comes the fun part including some slider-action! I head through this panel from top to bottom. So at first I
make the image a bit warmer by adjusting the color-temperature. Second I make it a bit brighter and give it a bit more contrast.
After this I reduce the lights and improve the shadows; the intensity is a personal preference.
After this we skip a step and head to the clarity section below. Here one can add contrast in the mid-tones. Again personal
preference decides the amount. Saturation can be done, depending on the light conditions. For this picture I decided to leave it as it was!
Now we look up again to the adjustment of white and black. By pressing and holding the 'ALT' key the picture becomes black.
We move both sliders as long as we see only a few white spots in the black. This is where we want the sliders, since this is
perfect the Histogram of a Standard Picture. However when "editing free" you can of course drag the sliders to any other point!
Now we export the picture back to our hard drive. Just look at my settings... At first I rename the picture. Afterwards I make sure to export the picture as a JPG/JPEG in full quality! The size of my picture is set to 1200px on the long side. This guarantees that all Details are visible and at the same time my picture is not worth stealing/copying so I don't need to put a watermark on my picture. Because I hate them. They ruin the picture and are useless in most cases.
Next up we import the image to Photoshop by simply dragging it on the symbol on the desktop. In Photoshop we navigate to the "Filter"-Tab and look for Sharpening. The settings should be adjusted for every image. But I stick around 100-250%, 0.3 px and 10% for normal pictures! Now just save the picture by hitting Strg+S and you're done!
Now let's compare before and after. I think we did a pretty good job. Of course I do some special adjustments or effects for my best pictures in order to make them even better, but this is not a normal workflow!
For Instagram I put the pictures on my cellphone. From there before I upload the pictures, I use the built-in editor from Instagram. I basically add a bit of everything, since Instagram renders the pictures smaller and therefore allows me to edit a bit more aggressive. In Full-Resolution this would lead to a loss of quality, but on Instagram you can't really see it normally.