How do you create a moody image? From capture to editing inside of Adobe Lightroom


posted Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST


There is something special about a dark and moody image. They are more difficult than you might expect to capture and process, however. It can be tricky to determine when to purposefully underexpose an image to reflect the mood and it is also hard to get the white balance right. However, by shooting a black and white image, you can at least sidestep the second challenge.

In a new video, photographer Nigel Danson shows him working in the field. Well, in this case the weather was actually so bad that Danson opted to shoot from inside of his car at times. Once back in the studio, he shows how he processes moody black and white images inside of Adobe Lightroom. If you want to skip straight to the processing, the software portion of the video below starts at the 7 minute and 42 second mark.

For the video above, Danson was using a Nikon D810 camera and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. He even rigged an umbrella to his tripod with tape, which worked to varying degrees of success thanks to the very heavy winds. To see more from Danson, visit his website.

(Via Nigel Danson)