For my outdoor photos, I went to a park, a farm and the train tracks, all near my home. I was happy that my daughter sat still enough for me to photograph her for my indoor lighting shot. I didn’t have a lot of time outside to be able to perfect my foreground and background shots, so I worked with what I had on hand at home- toys. I think they turned out quite well for having a toddler jumping on my back and a baby crawling on me! I used the train as my shot for the lead room, because it’s facing into the photo with room to move. The alfalfa bale is on a vertical third line in the farm photo, but it’s mostly made up of horizontal third lines, with the different layers of the farmland and the mountains.
In Lightroom, I just started out by playing around with the different settings to try to get a feel for them and what they did. It was really hazy and dusty out, so I loved that I was able to use the dehazer to make the mountain clearer in my farm shot. I also used the awesome synchronize shortcut to copy my adjustments from the foreground photo to the background photo. The lighting wasn’t the greatest for those shots, so I was able to brighten in up a bit. My favorite edit is the photo of my daughter. I thought it was a decent profile shot to begin with, with the light from the patio on her face, but there was some shadowy furniture in the background that distracted a bit, and I was able to put that into deeper shadow.
After edits, I resized the images, added a watermark and exported them. It did take me quite a while to get started in Lightroom; I was having some technical trouble. But one google search and a couple quick setting changes, and I was good to go!