Before and After Challenge – 1st November 2019

This month’s Before and After photo challenge is a photograph of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex.

Bodiam Castle


To use the image, which is in raw and jpeg, download the zip folder and then extract the image contained in the folder.

My Edits

For my edits, I wanted to create a dark moody looking image.  And a tweaked version of a preset called Bleak Mountain, which I downloaded from a set of presets I purchased from Serge Ramelli.  I had previously tweaked this preset to give a lighter version of the preset and saved it as Preset.  I also removed some distracting branches using the spot removal tool in Lightroom.

Apart from cropping and using this preset and a couple of tweaks with the radial filters that is all I did to create this moody image.

Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle in East Sussex.

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your entries.


Last month’s entries

Almost Middle Earth – Before and After Photography Challenge – October 2019 | Pictures without film.
Before and After Challenge – October – bushboys world

How to join the challenge

If you wish to participate in this monthly challenge, please feel free to do…  my post and photo for the challenge will be published at 11am  on the 1st day of every month.  The challenge will be called Before and After Challenge # (# representing the number).

The challenge is this. an image will be supplied for the Month for you to download.  When you’ve downloaded the image in its ZIP format, extract the file you want to use, (raw or jpeg) and then edit the image using your own creativity and with whatever software programs or apps you use.  Within the download file, will be two images, one in jpeg format and the other in its raw format.  If the image was originally only shot in jpeg there will just be the jpeg version available to edit.

  1. Download the image, extract image and edit using whatever software you wish.
  2.  If you wish to submit an image for the challenge, please email me the RAW and Jpeg format (if RAW is available) – with a long edge of max 1000px – or a link to where readers can download the images.  I will then upload your submissions, if necessary to Dropbox for download.
  3. Create a post on your blog or Facebook Page, showing your finished edit.
  4. Caption the image Image supplied by # (Who submitted the original image) – Edited by ~# (# being your name or blog’s name).
  5. It is not necessary but it would be nice if you did a brief explanation as to how you achieved your results, and what software you used.
  6. Tag your posts BAC or Before and After Challenge
  7. Create a pingback to the relevant month.
  8. If you can’t create pingback/trackback, don’t worry, post a comment below so others can find your edited version of the image.
  9. Follow Ryan Photography so you don’t miss out on our photography challenges.

7 responses to “Before and After Challenge – 1st November 2019”

  1. I struggled with last month’s challenge…so with hope I just downloaded the file

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    1. I look forward to seeing your edit.. so sorry to hear you struggled with last month’s challenge xx


  2. That castle is amazing! Castles kind of give me the heeby jeeby’s but they are cool and mysterious. I like to imagine what life would’ve been like living in one of them (though not in the dungeon).

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    1. Thank you xx.. me too.. I think about what life would’ve been like. If you go to Dover Castle you get a real feel if what castle life was like xx


  3. […] on over to Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography to join the before and after […]

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  4. […] It was a great exercise for me to use someone else’s photo to test out different techniques and programs. Thank you to Ryan Photography for this great Before and After challenge. […]

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