Photography Project: Processing Using a Mat Style

Water Abstract with Mat Look

Water Abstract with Mat Look

Sometimes I wonder if our visual sensibilities have been “over-juiced” with high-contrast, highly-saturated photos.  When I started working with a mat style approach something in the back of my head said “now that looks like a photograph”.  I asked myself, why.

Was it because it was more two-dimensional in appearance?  Or that it had more of an old-style quality?  If I were to draw extremes you have the “pow” photos – the ones that visually hit you in the face because of their extremes in contrast and color.  Then there are the “ahhhh” photos – the ones that are more subtle, make you sit for awhile to absorb the feeling.

I have found there are three elements to creating a mat style photograph:

  • Lighten the shadows
  • Lighten the darks
  • Desaturate the image

For more specifics, FStoppers, as a video on How to Create the Popular Mat Look in Lightroom.

 

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