The other night, my wife and I got to milk cows for our neighbors. We always enjoy this as it gives us a chance to pretend to be farmers for a day. Also, there’s something very rewarding about a little bit of hard work.
After we finished chores, I tried to get a few photos. At my wife’s suggestion, I took a few of an old, well worn, pair of gloves. While they may not be the prettiest things to look at, they really speak to the hard work that goes into any physical trade.
While I liked the original photo (shown below), I really felt that it didn’t do justice to the subject matter. It looked a bit washed out directly out of camera (which isn’t unusual) and so I thought I’d give it a go and try my hand at some post processing in Lightroom.
I really wanted to accent the aged / weathered look of the glove, so I dragged the Lightroom Clarity slider to +100. This accentuated all the cracks and other textures of the glove.
This looked better, but I really wanted to make it look aged. Usually, age yellows things. So I changed the temperature to make the whole photo warmer and messed with the fill light and vibrance settings until I was happy.
Warmed up the colors
I intentionally made things a bit too warm and yellow. This was done because the next step was to desaturate the photo by dragging the saturation slider to around -25. This isn’t so much as to create a greyscale photo, but enough to make it look antique. I also did a little cropping to straighten the photo.
I’m happy with the outcome and used this version in my Daily Photo #60. I never had to leave Lightroom and it took under 5 minutes!
Just as a note, the easiest way to view all the steps is to click on the first photo in this post. Once it’s loaded in a larger format, hovering your mouse over the right and left sides will bring up next / previous buttons.
Let me know what you think!