Lightroom is a great free to use software (some features are paid). It is really easy to use once you get your hands good with it. It can really improve your IF screenshots and make them shine on IFC.
It is the easiest thing to understand. Cropping can be done in case there are some unwanted elements in the background of the photo. It can sometimes be used to center align the plane by cropping the side with excess side.Giving a crop to the image can help to get rid of excess blank space in the image. Cropping can sometimes help the image to get a close hp feel of the photo as shown in the example below.
The light section gives you various options to give your capture a great look.
Exposure: This increases the brightness of the image. Over exposure will make the image so bright that everything will seem to be white and vice versa with less exposure.
Contrast - Contrast is a key tool. Using the vibrance / saturation tool you can really make the colours stand out. Over contrast isn’t good, but sometimes you might edit an image with barely any contrast for artistic purposes. Lower contrast levels should be avoided but are preferred for artistic effects.
Highlights and Shadows - This tool helps in highlighting the the primary subject of the image. Both of these tools work majorly on the background to enhance the subject.
SHARPENING AND NOISE REDUCTION
Sharpening tool makes the picture look sleeker and smarter. This tool can found under the details section. Preferred sharpening settings would be around 30-60 depending on time, location and type of shot. Over sharpening can cause visible lines in the picture, increase the noise of the picture and make it look ugly. Sharpening and noise don;t go together in an image. Sharpening an image increases the noise of the image. So you should make sure to reduce the noise when increasing the sharpening and vice-versa to balance the image.
The colours section in Lightroom gives you four options, but whilst editing you should only use two, sometimes three of these options.
Temperature: The temperature slider gives you an option to essentially control the feel of the image. For Infinite Flight screenshots, this can be used depending on where you are flying (eg. warmer climate = warmer temperature). This isn’t used much, but can be used to good effect. Make sure you don’t wash out the original colours with tint, and keep the sliders to a maximum of 5-10 either way.
Tint: This gives you the option to overlay a Green or purple tint on your image. This is the one that is almost never used, but if you do use it, keep in mind the same rule that applies to the temperature slider, and don’t wash the image out with tint.
Vibrance / Saturation: The vibrance and saturation sliders are the most important sliders in the colours section, and should be used in ever edit. These two sliders give you the option to enhance (or wash out) the colours in your image. When using these sliders, do not over-compensate for colour, as if you go too far either way, the image will become over/undersaturated, which completely ruins the image.
An over saturated picture would look like:
The original picture:
The final outcome:
I hope this tutorial was helpful for you.
Feel free to create and share your own edit settings 😉