The Tower of London – inside and experiments in post-processing

The Tower of London - inside and experiments in post-processing

Today I share some of my photos from inside the Tower of London, and also my thoughts on how I post-processed them.

Now one thing that you need to understand is that I am not a photographic expert. I’m also not a post-processing expert. Or even a particularly good hobbyist photographer. I’ve been using this European trip to try to teach myself something about DLSRs. So don’t get your hopes up that there will be any great revelations here – just my thoughts and feelings. In fact, some of what I express here will be more me musing for myself than for you guys. :)

By the way, all my post-processing is in Adobe Lightroom and the photos were taken with either my Canon 60D or with my Samsung Galaxy s5.

Anyway, inside the Tower of London there is basically a museum of old weapons and armour. I thought this was pretty cool and took lots of photos. Here is one of the first of  the photos that I took:


I quite liked the composition, but then I realised that a lot of my photos looked the same – even though they were of different suits of armour. How very boring!

I tried a close-up.


Then I tried cropping one photo to make the most of the recurring pattern of breastplates in the background.


I kind of liked it – just kind of.

But I felt that the colours in some of my photos distracted from the shapes. So I decided to get rid of them and see the impact.


Getting better. Perhaps more contrast.


I was starting to feel a sense of improvement. The photos felt more interesting with greater contrast with the colours not distracting from form. Just to show a case of a photo before and after my edit, here is my daughter wearing a helmet in the Tower:


I cropped it a bit and made it Black and White.


Yep – the shapes are definitely more interesting.

Anyway, here are a few more pics from the day. Note that I went a bit B&W crazy.



A bit arty here with deliberate blur. I remember taking this photo and trying to focus manually, hoping that it would work.


One thing to point out about the Tower, is that it has great interactive exhibits for kids.




And here are the final photos from the day.










Oh well, hoped you did not mind my photography musings through the Tower of London :-)








  1. Love the photos, Greg, and you’ve given me some things to think about for my own photos.

    1. Thanks David :)

  2. The cannons stand out… either it’s my “professional deformation”, or you got some especially effective composition going on there.

    1. I wish it were the latter, but its probably the former. This said, I have been trying hard to improve my photographic composition. I take a lot more thought now.

      1. You know, I think your Samsung phone is an Android device, right? I found this open source camera app on Google Play that’s called “Open Camera”, and one of its features is a lot of various overlay grids that should help with composition.

  3. Thanks. I’ll check it out :)

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