We are heading into the middle of spring here in Europe. The days are getting longer and brighter, even if we can only witness this from our kitchen window. But that window is being opened a little more everyday, and the sunshine alone is keeping me in good spirits.

Saying that, I still have a small backlog of winter photos that I haven’t had the chance to upload yet. So I am doing so before it’s too late.

The shot below for example. I captured a commuter yawning, or yelling at me, whichever you prefer to believe!

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I think I was heading up Regent Street to look at the Christmas lights, which is just past the Underground sign seen on the left of this shot. I could have also been doing a clothes shop as I badly needed new clothes on my return home. Oxford Circus is right up the other end of Regent Street and great for shopping.

I chuckled to myself looking at these pictures, as at the time of taking them all I could think about was the summer sun. I didn’t know that I would later look back and take that cold weather for a life without a pandemic…

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The ground at Piccadilly Circus looks more like a mirror in the rain. I love the reflections from the famous advertising boards and I have seen so many great shots of them on Instagram. The rain in London will give me plenty of time to perfect those puddle reflection shots that’s for sure. And speaking of the weather, it has provided me a little challenge to work on.

Now I am uploading more frequently on IG, I have been looking at creating a preset for my London shots to give a more consistent look. With the skies here constantly changing from bright blue to cloudy, the look and lighting in each shot varies wildly. Great for the variety, but hard to give shots my own unique look. Below is an example of my recent shots and you can see that despite the change in weather, the shots all share a similar colour and lighting theme. This is an example of a preset, pre-adjusted settings in software that you can create yourself and add to your photos.

I have a lot to learn on the Adobe software I am using (presets are in a programme called Lightroom), but with the free time I have this is a blessing I guess! Got to stay productive in times like these.

Are you using presets? If so let me know your theme and style. Hopefully I will have gotten much better in time for summer, and I hope you are liking the shots so far!

Stay safe,

Sam

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


 

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  1. I like the predominantly blue, gray and beige color scheme of your recent shots!
    Using presets for a more consistent look is a great idea and I’m sure that once you’ve created one that you like you’ll be saving a lot of time.
    I use Lightroom, as well, and I do create my own presets from time to time. I’ve yet to figure out how to make them work for most of my photos, though (I guess setting white balance and exposure first might help with that?). For now I still go with what I think ‘looks (subjectively) pretty for this particular photo’ most of the time which means that I usually spend too much time on editing my photos individually.
    Presets have definitely helped me safe time on color correcting video clips, though.

    1. Thank you! I’m really happy for this. Makes the time editing worth it! It is a great time saver in the long term too.

      I am still becoming familiar with white balance/exposure etc, so in terms of order I wouldn’t know whats best just yet, and I feel every shot I have edited so far has been done in a different way haha. So I am with you when you say you do them individually!

      Keep it up and I am sure your photos will keep looking better and better πŸ™‚

      1. It costs for the software, but if editing is something you’re interested in it’s one of the best out there πŸ™‚

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