Lightroom is my editing software of choice. I always get questions on how I edit my photos, so I am starting a monthly Lightroom Tutorial series where I will show you how I edit a photo. I’m not big on doing a whole lot to my photos, and I’m no expert. BUT I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I want to share.
So. This month, I took this photo:
I took this photo on a cloudy day in my dining room.
It was underexposed, the white balance was off, and just….boring.
But I had a feeling about it. So, I took it into Lightroom to have a closer look.
First, I fixed the exposure( +1.45) , because an improperly exposed photo can make your photo look like your white balance is off.
Since I tend to like my white balance warm, I adjusted that using a basic preset from Clickin Moms for white balance that gave me what I wanted…
Next, I applied a preset that I made from a VSCO preset. Presets are Lightroom’s form of changing a photo with one click. Basically a short cut. You should always know how to edit by hand if you will,but once you learn what you want, a preset is a WONDERFUL AND ESSENTIAL time saver!!
I love VSCO, but most of the presets are a bit too strong for what I like. I always found myself doing the same adjustments to each photo, so finally, I just made my own preset. Pretty easy to do. I’ll have to do a post on it soon.
Next, I wanted this photo to have a little bit of that matte feel. So, I turned to my tone curve. I also decreased the darks and the shadows just a bit to bring out the pop in the cream colored flower.
And here is the finished product….
So did you learn anything from this Lightroom tutorial? Anything you can add, would do different?
Also, don’t be afraid to leave suggestions on ideas for future posts! I want to help everyone to grow!
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