Bodiam Castle

One of the very first places we visited when we started to take up photography was Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. It is a lovely place to visit and the steam train leaves Bodiam for Tenterden very regular… so whilst visiting Bodiam you can also have a nice train ride.

When processing a photo, I mainly start from scratch, without using presets…. unless it is something I use all the time like removing chromatic aberration and enabling the lens profile correction… but sometimes presets can give you a head start, especially if you want to try something new. One of the photographers I follow, who does excellent tutorials is Serge Ramelli. Serge did a tutorial on how to use a give a photograph a western look. If you sign up to Serge’s newsletter and website he also gives you source files which include free Lightroom Presets… and it was on of those presets from the Western Tutorial that I used as a basis for the above photograph.

However when using a preset created by someone else, I feel as if I am cheating without doing some minor adjustments to make it my own… so I used Serge’s preset as a basis and added a few adjustments to refine my photograph.

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