How I edit Photos
Last year I wrote this post about the difference shooting in manual mode has made in my photography. It was one of those things I tried to learn on my own with a lot of frustration until I came across Photography Concentrate. Photography Concentrate’s “Extremely Essential Camera Skills” made manual photography understandable and easy. After months of trying to figure it out, I learned everything I needed to know in a single afternoon.
Today I want to share about why I love editing in Lightroom, and that Photography Concentrate’s “Super Photo Editing Skills” is the way to learn it.
I put in a handful of the before & after edits I’ve made since switching to Lightroom.
A year ago I edited in Aperture (& used iPhoto prior to that) & was happy with my results most of the time, but didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d use preset filters and hope they’d make my images look the way I wanted, which sometimes turned out great, and sometimes terribly.
I knew that eventually I’d have to switch over to Lightroom to reach the quality of photography I wanted to (every good hobby and professional photographer I know of uses it), but learning a new program seemed overwhelming in a I seriously do not have time for that sort of way.
Photography Concentrate had a Lightroom tutorial though, and that gave me confidence that I could do it. Spending about a week’s worth of afternoon naptime with their Super Photo Editing Skills (presented in video format with some reference PDFs) taught me all I needed to have total creative control in processing every image. Now that I know how to use the tools Lightroom offers I don’t have to leave my images to chance anymore, and I love that.
My basic edit usually involves correcting the white balance, boosting exposure, a little increase in contrast, as well as adjusting highlights & shadows as needed. Super Photo Editing Skills explains how to do all that and a lot more.
Besides the powerful editing tools in Lightroom, I absolutely LOVE the organization it has brought to my photography. Through using tags, ratings, and collections it’s made organizing the multitude of pictures I take manageable and easy.
When I import pictures from my camera I give videos 1 star, good pictures 3 stars, the best pictures 4 stars, and I “flag” anything I want to work on right away. Pictures that don’t get any stars I delete. I usually keep about 60% of what I import, and deleting the extra 40% really helps free up hard drive space.
I really love “tags” too. When I import an especially good picture of someone I give it a Keyword “tag” with their name and when I’m looking for a photo of them later for a birthday card, Christmas gift, or whatever it’s easy to look through and choose one.
Super Photo Editing Skills also includes a pack of custom made presets that can be really fun to use. This “black & white crunched” preset is my favorite.
From importing, exporting, basic edits, fine tweaks, organization, and everything else I could have wanted to know, I was really happy with the way it was clearly and understandably presented in Super Photo Editing Skills.
This year I plan to get their “Incredibly Important Composition Skills“.
AND Photography Concentrate even offers a series of free tutorials too! Their “Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence” was really great for me.
They are a husband & wife photographer team, offer high quality products, everything I’ve taken from from them has exceeded my expectations, and I really can’t say enough good things about them. They even have a 60-day money back guarantee if you’re on the fence.
Happy photographing 🙂
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