It’s been some time since I last posted an faq so here we go!
I received a question that went like this: “please please please post some editing tips!”
Now, I’m pretty sure what I do isn’t any more special than what the next photographer may do. I don’t have any fancy formula. When it comes to post processing and editing, I want to do two things 1) be efficient and 2) enhance the photo without greatly altering the look of it. I want photos to have a natural, fresh feel and ensure that years down the road, they still look like photos. In order to provide my clients with great images, with a quick turn around, that means I need to shoot well in-camera; look for flattering light, natural reflectors, watch my exposure, and so forth. In the past, I’ve tried out Photoshop and Lightroom actions and while they can provide truly lovely enhancements, I’ve opted for a simpler route that I feel is true to my style.
I do probably 98% of my editing in Lightroom by following these steps:
1. In the develop window, apply a basic preset that I’ve created that I can apply to all of my imported photos (this includes brightness & contrast adjustments, minimal clarity & vibrance adjustments, sharpening, lens correction and a slight adjustment under split toning – highlights)
2. I then go back to the library window and under the library tab, I go to previews > render standard sized previews (another time saver!).
3. Back in the develop window, I scroll through the catalogue adjusting each image as I see fit, checking for white balance and exposure and perhaps other small tweaks.
4. Once the images have been edited, I export and sharpen for either screen or print, at the low setting.
And that’s all :) From a few recent shoots I’ve pulled some before and after images to show you exactly what this looks like…
For Stephanie & Patrick’s engagement session in Gastown, we had this wonderful light that an overcast sky provides (even if it meant rain!). Other than my preset, the only other editing adjustment I made to this photo was a slight straighten/crop.
For this image of Dave & Alanna, after I applied the preset I bumped up the fill light to +17 and warmed up the temperature. We shot later in the afternoon, when the sun was lower in the sky and soft. Though they were backlit by the sun, there were vehicles parked behind me that reflected light back onto their faces.
Far & Vincent – white balance remained as shot and exposure was brought down a couple points. Our session was planned for the morning while the sun was soft, and we got this great light bouncing off surrounding windows.
I hope that helps someone out there and if not, send me further questions by emailing or commenting below and I’ll try again next time! Happy Thursday :)