On our recent trip/honeymoon to Koh Samui, I thought I would conjure my inner photographer. It’s fair to say that I still have a lot to learn. The camera I had was a Canon 80D. (Yes not a full frame camera, but I primarily purchased it for the video functionality.) However, saying that it was pretty cool getting down to the beach and having a go at mashing the buttons and seeing what came out at the other end. The results were actually pretty average….as expected. Practice makes perfect hey! Anyhoo nothing a bit of adobe lightroom can’t fix!

I’m definitely no expert on Adobe Lightroom, however, a couple hours messing around and the following pics were ‘Enhanced’.

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This is my very first attempt at a long exposure shot. Trying to draw out all the light I could. To the naked eye, it was pitch black down at the beach, except for the lights of the restaurant. It was difficult to check settings/change settings on the fly as I was doing it due to low light.


To my eye, the green grass did look as good as the Adobe Lightroom edit. I guess I still have a lot of work to do on the camera settings. It was very bright and I was a little bit hungover…


I tried to do something a bit different here. The edit was supposed to highlight the face of the statue and make it stand out more. How do you think I went? any tips? Maybe I could have blurred our the background.


This is what happens when you are really hungover, laying on a very comfortable cushion chair and have absolutely zero motivation to do anything. Yep, take photos of trees and the sky for practice! In the Lightroom version, I tried to bring the green and blue out, however, I think the white in the balloon has become a bit green.


Last one promise! The idea here was to try and dray some of the brown back out of the rock face and the greens into the shrubs. It worked ok I think. Still some work to do.


Well, after all of that it is clear I still have a lot of work to do on the whole “Camera Settings” and “Technique side of photography. Would it be correct in saying that a good photographer should not need to edit his/her photos at all to make them better?