Photography is fantastic, and can be so enjoyable. However, it is not all about composing a great photo, understanding your camera and getting to grips with the focus, zoom, and exposure. Part of photography is getting to grips with photo editing, too. Sure, you can compose an outstanding photo and really capture an image that pops all on its own.
However, nothing quite beats what some great photo editing skills can bring to the table. We aren’t talking about adding in effects or bringing in some high-class Adobe Photoshop skills. Sometimes photo editing can be as simple as tinkering with some settings to make the colors in your photos pop even more, getting rid of that blur in the corner, or bringing out the vibrancy of the foreground.
So, today, we will go over four simple tips to get you going with your photo editing. Trust us, once you have got the hang of it, it will be hard to stop.
While most people will think of Adobe Photoshop when you talk about photo editing, Adobe Lightroom has much to offer too. There are actually many Lightroom presets that can be useful in building up your photo editing skills, and these can do the job without you having to spend forever tinkering around.
Every photo, no matter how great, can always benefit from some form of post-production. Sometimes it can be just a little image straightening, sometimes you might need to do some retouching, other times it can simply be a case of enhancing the colors. Whatever the case, Lightroom can be very useful, and for many photographers, it’s a go-to option. So, what tips can we give you for editing photos in Lightroom?
Here are our top tips for you, try some of these out in Adobe Lightroom as you get used to how it works, and you will see the difference it can make.
Have you ever looked at a photo you have taken in bright sunlight and found there is a slight blue tint to it? Despite all the advancements in technology, no lens can quite beat our own eyes. When we see a scene in front of us, our eyes automatically adjust, so we see the picture before us in clear, natural color. Digital cameras don’t, hence the need to adjust.
You can correct white balance on the camera, but sometimes the result is clearer if you do it in post. Use the sliders for temperature and tint, Temperature will help the image range between a cold blue or a warm yellow, and tint will range between green or pink, and by getting the right combination of these, you can get a more natural image.
The amount you use these sliders depends on your personal taste, preferences, the subject of your photos and just what your photo needs.
If you had a sunset landscape, for example, you might want to boost the colors to provide a ‘wow’ factor. A portrait photo may not need much, however. Simply move the sliders until you are happy with the effect, be cautious of overdoing it as it could make the image look tacky or fake.
With images that look or feel a bit flat, a good remedy can be to tweak the contrast. Of course, you can use the slide in the tone section. This is the easiest option. Slide it to the right to increase and left to decrease. If you want a bit more control for more specific contrast tweaks, check out the tone curve. You can move the line on the graph at varying points to create the perfect level of contrast that you need for your image.
You may find that particular areas of your image need brightening or darkening. Such as a person, perhaps, needing brightening without changing the whole image.
Using traditional sliders just affects the whole image. So, select the adjustment brush under the histogram, on the right, and selectively dodge (brighten) or burn (darken) the areas of choice.
Dial in on the adjustments you want to make. The brush settings and the brush opacity should be tinkered slightly. Keep the feather number high to blend changes naturally, and keep opacity low to apply edits gradually as if you were painting. Just adjust to the size you need and go over the area you need to edit.