With most travel on hold for the foreseeable future, I’m doing my best to stay engaged with my own photography and not let my creativity come to a halt. Making new photos is not only essential to creating tutorials, stories, and eBooks, the process is also one that gives me a lot of happiness and keeps me motivated. While we are not completely incapable of creating new content, there are limitations and it’s been difficult to create at the same level I’m used to.
To keep my creative brain active, I’ve been going through many of my older photographs and finding some of the hidden gems I glossed over soon after I created them. It’s fun going back with fresh eyes, and another benefit is that I am always growing as a photographer which means I now see things a little bit differently. Photos I once thought were boring or had no potential may now seem compelling and beautiful.
Below are the before and after images of some of the images I have been working on. All of these images were processed using both Adobe Lightroom and Luminar. If you would like to see more of my photographs, please visit my Instagram account (@nicolesy).
I live so close to Mount Rainier National Park, yet the last time I visited was in 2015. I didn’t have much luck with this image at sunset, so I used Luminar 4 to add one of my other sunset skies to the scene. (Processed using Lightroom and Luminar 4.)
This is a photograph from the Big Island, Hawaii, photographed in 2013. I have so many beautiful sunset images from my trips to Hawaii that I never took the time to process. It feels good looking back and reminiscing on the beautiful landscape I witnessed in this location. (HDR processed in Lightroom, with final touches added using Luminar 4.)
Another photograph from Mount Rainier. This was from a hike I did and the sun started created a light beam that poured over the sky. I replaced the sky with something more interesting using Luminar 4. (Processed in Adobe Lightroom and Luminar 4.)
An image from the Oregon Coast, photographed in 2018. (Processed in Adobe Lightroom, sky added using Luminar 4.)
A waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, photographed in 2014. (Processed in Adobe Lightroom and Luminar 4.)
A photograph from the last time I had the opportunity to travel, back in 2018. (Processed in Adobe Lightroom and Luminar 4.)