One of the questions I get very often (apart from “Which camera should I buy?“) is always tips on post production. This is usually a very difficult question to answer, and is just a little bit delicate – lest I propagate the “photoshop is magic” myth. I’ve known my style to evolve over the years, and I use post production to achieve a certain look that I’ve visualised when taking a picture. However, certain basics always remain the same – so here’s part 1 of a Lightroom production series of tutorials.
First things first. I have now transitioned from other software (Photoshop, Aperture, Leaf Capture…) to a place where I use Adobe Lightroom to do almost 95% most of my editing jobs. Adobe Lightroom is a powerful program to manage and enhance your images. It is rapidly becoming the best choice for the photographers who don’t necessarily need the depth of photoshop.
[alert color=”” icon=””]Stop! Now before you start to edit a certain image, always visualise how you want the image to look. Just because you have the tools, that doesn’t mean you have to start pushing ALL the sliders! :-)[/alert]
[alert color=”” icon=””]Also remember, there is no formula to editing images. It all depends on your artistic vision – the tools are the same for everyone, and how you use it matters. I’m going to show you some of the things I do – the rest is up to you! [/alert]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has a very extensive list of tools available. Naturally, Adobe had to figure out a way to ensure all the functionality is conveniently accessible, and yet not overwhelming at the same time. So instead of dumping everything into one place and creating a mess, they came up with the concept of Modules.
The Library is there to help you organize and manage photographs. Everything you need to help you find, import, sort and organize photographs is here. The Develop module without a doubt, is the most important Module of Lightroom where you will spend the majority of your time. It has a set of very useful, powerful and ergonomically laid out tools that are specifically tailored for editing images. If you’re new to Lightroom, you can ignore the rest of the modules for now.
(To learn more about modules : https://photographylife.com/lightroom-modules-explained)
Once you feel you’ve done – always compare the before / after. It’s easy to get carried away while editing a photo and wind up with overkill – if you feel you’ve done too much you can easily go back and fix what you messed up. Post production takes practice – but it is very easy once you get the hang of it.
I hope this helps you. Coming soon – advanced post production using Lightroom for more creative ways to make your images pop! Questions? Ask away in the comments below!