Cattedrale di Piazza Armerina

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I love it when I find a hidden gem in my archives. I have been spending a lot of time perusing old photos in lieu of actual travel and stumbled across this panoramic view of the Cattedrale di Piazza Armerina watching over the town below.

Cattedrale di Maria Santissima delle Vittorie di Piazza Armerina
Cattedrale di Maria Santissima delle Vittorie di Piazza Armerina

With a bit of love using current technology, I was able to take a pleasant snapshot of the Cattedrale di Piazza Armerina and turn it into a work of art that I’d be proud to hang in my home.

The “Before”

Believe it or not, here is the photo I started with:

Cattedrale di Piazza Armerina, straight out of the camera
The “Before” – straight out of the camera

And here is is with a few quick tweaks in Lightroom:

Cattedrale di Piazza Armerina, after Lightroom edits
After Lightroom

Much better already, right? Here is what I did:

  • Set White Balance to Daylight
  • Auto Tone
  • Enable Lens Corrections
  • Transform > Auto Upright
  • Crop to 16:9

Creative Processing

Once I had my base image looking pretty good, I moved on to creative edits in Luminar including a sky replacement and tone adjustments to make the city glow with warm afternoon light.

If you’d like to see exactly what I did, go over to Facebook, join the Skylum Photography Group (I’m one of the admins) and watch me edit the photo in a live recording.

Problem Solving

After I finished my creative edits, I zoomed in for a close look at the image and noticed a couple of issues.

  1. It wasn’t sharp
  2. The image lacked enout pixels to make a large print

Sharpen the Details

First, I worked on the sharpness with Topaz Sharpen AI. This software borders on witchcraft it is so good!

Increase the Resolution

Next, I addressed the image size. The original photo was captured with a Canon Rebel (the original one) with a whopping 6.3 megapixels. After fixing the distortion and cropping it to a 16:9 aspect ratio, I was left with a paltry 3057 x 1720 pixels. Not terrible, but not enough to print large.

After running the photograph through Topaz Gigapixel AI I was able to double my resolution and now I have an image with 6114 x 3440 pixels – plenty for a nicely sized print with BEAUTIFUL quality.

Cattedrale di Maria Santissima delle Vittorie di Piazza Armerina
Cattedrale di Maria Santissima delle Vittorie di Piazza Armerina

Get to know the tools

I am in awe at how this photograph turned out and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing tools I have in my photo editing toolbox.

  • Lightroom Classic – my home base for image organization and basic edits
  • Luminar 4 – my go-to toolbox for creative editing, including AI Sky Replacement (enter ANGANDRIEUX at checkout to save $10)
  • Topaz Sharpen AI – an almost magical tool that can rescue images that are just a bit of out of focus (enter ANGANDRIEUX at checkout to save 15%)
  • Topaz Gigapixel AI – A lifesaver for photos I captured years ago on low megapixel cameras (and for upsizing scanned film photos). (enter ANGANDRIEUX at checkout to save 15%)

Questions?

If you have any questions about this photo or my editing process, please let me know in the comments below or contact me directly. I’d love to hear from you!

Angela Andrieux

Photographer Prone to Wanderlust | Photography Coach | Foodie | Cat Lover | Navy Wife

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