Editing, a little insight

Editing is a process. It takes time, but this is all relative depending on many factors, such as who you are, your style, your taste, what you shoot and preference.

I would love to take you through a typical process of mine, from importing of a new shot/shoot to the exporting of the final product. This may be different to the way you may do it or may be helpful if you not sure what to do, either way, I trust you can take something good or helpful from this, or even provide a informative, helpful read.

Before I get into the basic process that I use, I want to mention that I am using a Macbook pro currently and running Abode Lightroom 5. I dabble in Abode Photoshop when it is necessary, but I feel Lightroom does all I need it to do.

So, enough intro? I agree! Welcome to my approach.

As you do lets start with…

Step 1.

Select the image(s) to import from the CF/SD card(s).

Step 2.

Highlight all (either “command A”) or individually select the images, I then right click and select “Open with Adobe Lightroom 5”.

Step 3.

Once the image(s) have transferred across, I hit “Import”.

Step 4.

Now the fun can continue. Once the image(s) have finished importing I go through the images more than once (if there are more than one) and decide what’s good and what’s not. I flag the good images by hitting “P”. Once I have finished flagging, I go to “filter by” and select “filter by flagged. This selects only the ones you want to edit but does not delete the others.

Next I hit “D” for develop or you can select develop at the top right, but trust me, take time to learn the shortcuts. They make life so much easier.

Step 5.

Once I am in the develop phase, I make sure the first thing I do is “Lens correction”. This straightens out any deformation or rounded straight lines. (This is caused mostly by wide angle lenses such as the Can0n 24–105mm f/4 L IS Lens.

Something to bare in mind that as you go through this, I am not telling you how to edit, I am simply letting you into my headspace and my thinking when I edit. This is entirely personal, however some of this principals are rather generic.

Step 6.

Right, once this is done, I take a look at the image and decide I am going to crop it.

personally, I like to leave my images as natural as possible.

Once I am happy with my final image after maybe some sharpening, lens correcting etc. I then “Export”.

Step 7.

Exporting allows me now to save the edited image in a high or low res format depending on what the use is of the image will be. For this sake I am going to select “web ready” which is a preset I have set up. So I select the images again by “command A” and right click, selecting export and my preset “web ready_WM” which is my watermarked web ready preset, for online use only.

Now, the image is completely how I want it to be. Watermarked so it has my stamp on it and low res, so that it is simple to upload onto the web.

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Please feel free to let me know if there is something that you would like me to tackle next by simply leaving a comment below.

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