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Behind the Scenes Look into KBR's Basic Lightroom Editing Techniques

Kassandra Ramirez


After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Photography in December, I made the decision to challenge myself and advance my skills in teaching photography. When I was barely almost a teenager, photography started off as a mere hobby of mine. However, after ten years of experience using a camera and getting a formal education in photography, I have seen my technical and creative skills thrive.

Since going professional, all of my clients are always falling in love with their gallery, and I wanted to offer a behind the scenes look into my basic editing process for any artists looking for insight.

Before: Unedited Photo of Maya Morris by KBR

After: Photo of Maya Morris by KBR after Adobe Lightroom

In this video, I will be sharing a behind the scenes look into my basic Adobe Lightroom techniques, as well as a few tips to consider when editing. I captured these photos last week while hanging out with my friend Maya near my place. After falling in love with this location, I thought this edit would be the perfect opportunity to share my process.

When using Adobe Lightroom, I have additional tips I always recommend when photographing and editing to make the process smooth and seamless.

Adobe Lightroom Editing Tips

  1. When importing photos, I usually uncheck all the photos prior to the import and manually select all photos I would like to keep and edit. This is helpful with saving space because Lightroom automatically selects all new photos to import, essentially wasting space with unwanted photos.

  2. Experiment with the color temperature of a photo. While I would typically recommend staying close to the color temperature of the original image, changing the color temperature to be warmer or cooler can change the entire feel of the image. I always recommend making subtle changes, but experimenting with the color temperature can make an image more interesting.

  3. I always prefer not to crop my photos, but consider that a simple crop of a photo could entirely change the composition of an image. When cropping a photo, my favorite rule of composition to obtain is the rule of thirds. While I only crop my photos occasionally, I only do so if it makes the composition better.

  4. When editing or cropping a photo, consider the dimensions if you plan on printing the photo. Typical sizes for photo prints are 4x6”, 5x7”, 8x10”, 11x14”, and 16x20.” There are places where you can print different sizes, although it is usually more expensive. Some of my favorites dimensions for photos include 6x9” and 12x18”. The size is important because printing in an incorrect size can crop your photo.

  5. Always photograph in RAW, which is a much better format than .jpg or others because it allows for a bigger image file when capturing the photo. This allows you to bring back some of the details hidden in the lights and darks of a photo in editing. RAW is also much better for printing a photo because of its higher quality.

  6. If you are unsure of which edit looks better, try taking a short break. Taking a break from looking at the same photo for a long time and then revisiting the photo is usually very helpful in making it clear which edit is the better option. I often ask a friend for their opinion as well; I find it extremely helpful getting a second pair of eyes to overlook my work.

Although there is endless photography advice I have to offer, I hope this behind the scenes look into my basic Adobe Lightroom editing process is helpful for aspiring photographers. Please feel free to comment with any photography questions, and I will reply with any advice I have.

If you are looking to improve your editing skills, I am offering 1-on-1 Adobe Lightroom Workshops in-person and online! In a 60-minute workshop, I will work with you on one of YOUR photos and give you a step-by-step tutorial using my editing process. Click here to book now!

Electric Jungle Event Photography by KBR

Kassandra Ramirez

Our most recent event, Electric Jungle, is an EDM & Arts Festival that featured DJs and visual artists, including STRANG, DMT, Sandy Pirate, and many more incredibly talented artists.

Here is some event photography by KBR in front of our trippy backdrop.

Were you at Electric Jungle? Share about your experience in the comments!

The photos feature various models and artists who helped make the beautiful event possible. Including Taylor Carpenter, Michael Schuette, Maddy Lindler, and more.

More content from Electric Jungle coming soon!

Electric Jungle Promo: Behind the Scenes Photography

Kassandra Ramirez

Check out some behind the scenes photography from the production of our promo for our upcoming Halloween music and arts festival, Electric Jungle, a benefit for the Sunshine Rescue Mission at the Orpheum, in Flagstaff, AZ on October 18th at 7pm! We are partnering with the Orpheum to put on this incredible event featuring various talented artists, including Dirty Minds Tricks, Strang, and Lenford Barton.

Starring model Taylor Carpenter, the promo video filmed by Michael Schuette and Nouhoum Samaké is set to release later this week.

Michael Schuette, Nouhoum Samaké, and Taylor Carpenter - Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez

Michael Schuette, Nouhoum Samaké, and Taylor Carpenter - Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez

Audrey Samantha - Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez

Audrey Samantha - Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez

Taylor Carpenter- Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez - Makeup by Eva Castro

Taylor Carpenter- Electric Jungle Promo - Photography by Kassandra Ramirez - Makeup by Eva Castro

Join us for our Halloween EDM & Arts Festival

Electric Jungle Official Poster - Design by Hannah Rose

Electric Jungle Official Poster - Design by Hannah Rose

Who’s ready for Electric Jungle on October 18th at 7pm?

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Creative Photography Collaboration: Behind the Scenes

Kassandra Ramirez

Check out this video for an exclusive behind the scenes look at one of our team’s most recent photography collaboration in Flagstaff, AZ.

Modeling by Nouhoum Samaké

Photography by Kassandra Ramirez

Video Filmed and Edited by Michael Schuette

Spring Fever: Behind the Scenes

Lana Muhammad

Videographer  Michael Schuette  directing models Rafael Lopez and Emma Goddard

Videographer Michael Schuette directing models Rafael Lopez and Emma Goddard

Man, this really was a fun one to do. Spring Fever is the name of the fashion line that we launched here at Contagion, with designs by our members Joe, Hannah, Kassandra and Steve. Last Sunday due to a fortunate stroke of luck, aka the rain, we were forced to relocate the promo shoot to Savers. Of course our team made the best of it and Savers turned out to be a blessing. Savers not only let a bunch of kids with cameras roam all over their store to film, they also let us use the clothes in the store to style the looks along with the designs! This really managed to make our lives easier, and our pictures turned out better because of it so thanks a lot Savers! 

Shooting was a long process but it was six hours extremely well spent. Our models were all excellent, so another huge thank you to Nikki, Emma, Ralph, Andrew, and Joe. From watching the styles come together, getting some excellent pictures, goofing off, and grubbing on the wraps Kassandra's mother made to recording in the rain- the day was great! We have such an amazing, talented team here at Contagion and the amount of effort that went into this was beautiful. Click through the gallery to see more photos from the day. 

Pictures by Lana Muhammad

Spring Fever

Lana Muhammad

Last Friday Contagion Media dropped our first fashion line: Spring Fever. The name speaks to the the driving energy behind Contagion Media - youth, freshness, freedom and most of all infectious happiness. This ideology is ingrained into the very designs our team put together.

On sale now, you can purchase them here.

Designs Featured by: KBR, Joe Andersen, and Hannah Rose

Styled Looks by: Joe and Delaney

Picture by: Lana Muhammad


Spring Fever Gallery: Fashion Photography by KBR