Project 52: Cross-Processing Effects in Lightroom

This was a fun challenge for me to do because I didn’t actually have to go and take any pictures, I could rummage through old unedited pictures and do something creative with them!

The technique I learned this week in my 52-week photography challenge is known as “cross-processing”. According to Wikipedia: “it is the deliberate processing of photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film.”

Traditionally used with film, many photographers can achieve a very similar look using manipulation of contrast/brightness, hue/saturation and curves in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

Here are some examples of what this technique looks like when applied:

I decided to use some pictures from the summer of the first time Josh and I went sailing. It was Canada Day, and a good friend of ours asked us if we would like to take a rip in is sailboat around the Bedford Basin and watch fireworks from his boat. Um, heck yes we do!!

I was pretty disappointed to see the pictures from day. They were just so darn flat and boring!

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Not anymore 🙂

By using the “Tone Curve” and “Split Toning” features in Lightroom, these images were really able to POP!

I achieved this look by playing around with the Red, Green, and Blue curves
I achieved this look by playing around with the Red, Green, and Blue curves

Cross-Process Cross-Proces 1What a fun day that was! Now I can look back and think fondly of the beauty I got to experience 🙂

Project 52: Time-Lapse Grid

The goal of this week’s challenge was to tell a story of “life” using a time-lapse technique.

The life of a flower.

The yellow flower went from being beautiful, to wilting, and then to wilted. So sad!

But the color yellow is so cheery 🙂Week3FinalI think the wilting is totally appropriate for winter.

Maybe for spring I will try the opposite – a bud to a bloom!

What I used:

  • Nikon D5100
  • My kit lens (18.0-55.0mm f/3.5-5.6)
  • Savage 5-in-1 43″  reflector (used the silver reflector)
  • tripod
  • white bristol board taped to the wall


  • 1/3, f .1, ISO 200

I will do a post on how I achieved the grid look post processing.