This photo of a (I thought) temple was one of the first photographs I took after I have arrived in Taiwan. It actually turned out that it is a museum and not a temple but this is another story…
Of course I did this during my favorite time to take photos, Dusk and later. I like the ambient light situation, it just gives the photograph a nice touch!
When I went back to the hotel, I already knew that I want to retouch this photo. I cannot explain it, but over the years taking photos I also trained my eye and the brain and intuitively I pick the right photo to post process.
And this is where it all starts! Taking the photo itself. I can take the most sophisticated preset or software to make photo look nice but if the picture is not looking good, there is nothing to enhance.
The photograph I took in Taiwan with the museum is a good photo because of the subject. For the final touch, I used Adobe Lightroom to make it look better.
But there are still areas to improve like the people standing in the photo. Those objects are distracting to the eye and they have to go away.
In some places there is simply no chance to take a photo without any people because it is so crowded so there are not much options except taking a few photos and use Adobe Photoshop to remove them – look here.
Another thing I do not like in the photo are the sewage sinks. There is nothing you can do to not haven them in your photo unless you try a different perspective or use software to remove them. The same goes for the poster on the wall.
To remove objects in a photograph I usually use two tools within Adobe Photoshop, the Spot Heal Tool and the Stamp Clone Tool – see here.
One more thing I would do is let the lights in the house pop a little more. For this final retouch I would also use Adobe Photoshop.
In my opinion (I know I am Swiss and should not have an opinion) this is the difference – it starts with a good photo coming out of the camera that will be enhanced to an excellent photo using Adobe Lightroom and at least becoming a stunning photo within Adobe Photoshop.