The first step in any process is planning. It sounds boring (and it quite often is) but it can really help you to get the best results. Of course you can’t plan for everything but you can give yourself a greater chance of success by doing so. I’ll go through my pre-shoot planning in detail in another post. For today though, I’ll be looking at the sunrise I captured over The Shard in London and some on the go editing.

I’d already scouted out the area for this shoot and had a pretty good idea of the images I wanted to capture. I’d aimed to arrive a good half an hour before the sky began to light up but a cancelled train (Great Northern, as usual) left me a little short of time. Nonetheless, I reached The Thames while the sky was still bursting with colour and quickly set to work, heading to my pre-chosen spot to begin. 

I’m a big fan of shooting through different things to add depth and/or frame the subject; and that’s exactly what I did for the first shot of the day. Making use of the fast 2.8 aperture the lens offered I got as close as I could to some plants and used the leaves to frame The Shard.

Once I had taken the photo I wanted I was able to plug the SD card straight into my phone using Apple’s SD Card Adapter (genuinely one of my most used accessories). I always shoot in RAW to give the most detail for editing so importing can take a bit of time as those files are pretty large. 

After the photos are on the phone, it’s time get editing. I use Adobe Lightroom on the PC so it makes sense to use the app on my phone too. That way I can sync my shots and view them on both platforms.

With the exception of the lower left corner (shadow removal) which I used Adobe’s Photoshop Fix Mobile app for; the below shot was edited exclusively on the Adobe Lightroom Mobile App.

I have created a preset for the below image which you can currently download for free. Just click the link below.

Give me Sunrise London.

If you haven’t yet downloaded this preset then scroll back up and follow the link.

In future posts I will go into more detail around the editing process but for now I will just be giving a very brief overview of what has been done to this image:

  1. Minor white balance change.

  2. Basic adjustments to Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks.

  3. A minute addition of clarity and a little dehaze.

  4. Slight adjustment to the RGB tone curve.

  5. Tweaks to the HSL/Colour sliders.

  6. Radial filter to add the vignette.

These adjustments transform the image from a rather plain and dull shot into something far more eye catching.

If you have any questions about the editing process then please do get in touch and I will do my best to help you.

Until next time…