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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!