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!

Week5-5Cross-Process 3

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 🙂

2 thoughts on “Project 52: Cross-Processing Effects in Lightroom

  1. You are right- the photos tend to look great after cross processing. I’m now intrigued by the 52 week photography challenge.


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