Monday, May 24, 2010

My take on editing

Now, I am no edit master....far from it. I do get some emails and I have close friends who would like to learn a little more, just for personal use. Well, here is my big secret. I have no secrets!! Haha. If you want to know what I did to a picture, just ask. I am happy to share anything you want to know. Lightroom or Photoshop? I am a 99% Lightroom girl. I very rarely use photoshop and really just use it to head swap in group photos when someones eyes are closed. Everything on my blog is all Lightroom. That program is genius and much easier to use than photoshop, in my opinion. You can't go wrong for $100.00! I don't do real heavy editing, especially for clients. I have worked real hard on my exposure and composition so that my SOOC (straight out of camera) images don't need a lot. I love to make the color pop, so I up the contrast and blacks to achieve this. Don't get me wrong, I'll have my fun and really work over a photo. Just not all photos. I can't spend 20 minutes a photo, it wouldn't be good for my business. Below I am going to show 5 before and after photos. I hope this lets you in to my editing world a little :)

SOOC-taken with my 85mm 1.8 at f/4.0, ISO 500, 1/500 sec.

SOOC- taken with 85 mm 1.8 at f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/800 sec.

SOOC- taken with my 50mm 1.4 at f/2.0, ISO 800, 1/250 sec.

SOOC- taken with 50mm 1.4 at f/2.5, ISO 160, 1/500 sec.

I really wanted the red to pop in this photo, so I used the adjustment brush for that. I also straightened this photo just slightly.

SOOC- taken with my 85mm 1.8 at f2.0, ISO 200, 1/640 sec.

This is a good example of my heavy edit. The photo was a little dark so I brightened it, heavy color pop, brightened her eyes, and cropped it in slightly.


Jess said...

Do you have Lightroom 2? I should spend some time on it. Because I use photo shop and I know what I can get its hard to use Lightroom for me but would love to keep trying it.
Its fun to see before and afters thanks for sharing.

andreaKphotography said...

Yes Jess, I use Lightroom 2. I would love to get together sometime and swap tips. I have a hard time with photoshop :)

Kristi Veale said...

Great pictures! I'm glad to read that you are using lightroom. I LOVE Lightroom. It's so much easier than other programs!

LookieLooSuz said...

I love how you edit and I love that you are a LR girl like me!!

Flash Jorgensen said...

Just saw this and I'm with you, LR is the way to go!!! Seriously, the amount of time it takes to edit in LR is a MILLION times faster than PS and when time is so valuable, and you can get just as nice of an edit done, why go to PS?? I like your editing style, it's great! Great post.

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

OMG that outfit of the last little girl in green is the same fabric on my camera strap I bought online! Love it! I love the color pop too! Great photo edits!

I love your blog it is just beautiful. Your photos are gorgeous and your edits are fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Love your ideas