Editing techniques every photographer should know
Ever heard of the camera calibration panel in Lightroom?Most people haven’t, and the people who have often ignore it. Camera calibration settings determine
how Lightroom will process RAW files, but this is beside the point.
There are many small things we can do to improve our photos, it Is just a matter of knowing these techniques and software features.
This list of editing techniques every photographer should know has both beginner and advanced tips to help you become a better photo editor. There are many features of editing programs that can be extremely useful in streamlining your editing process and making your photos look better. However, many people are either not aware of these features or simply choose to ignore them.
SHOOT IN RAW
For you professionals out there, this is going to be head-scratchingly obvious, but it is an important tip, especially for beginners. Most cameras come set default to shoot in JPEG format, and if you are the type of person who simply shoots in automatic mode, then you probably never noticed this. RAW files capture all the data in the camera’s sensor, which means you will have much greater control over what you can change in editing.
JPEG files are much more difficult to edit; essentially, what you see in the photo is what you get; you won’t be able to change much about the photo once it is taken.
RAW files do consume much more memory (usually around 30 megabytes) than JPEG files meaning you will be able to take far less photos, but the trade off is worth it. If you must, buy a larger SD card or an extra one to carry around with you to make up for a lack of storage space.
FEW MORE FEATURES OF EDITING PROGRAMS
Calibrate Your Monitor
Play Around With Presets (Lightroom)
If you are a Lightroom user, then you may have noticed the array of presets on the left side of the develop module. These can play a valuable role in streamlining your editing process. The presets are not just glorified Instagram filters, they provide powerful quick edits that can easily be undone. The advantage of presets is that they are easy to apply, allowing you to perform edits that will radically change your photo with a single click. If you hate the edit, then undoing it is no more difficult than another single click.
Play around with the color and grain presets, they can be extremely helpful and may turn your photo into exactly what you envisioned.Read more
Do Not Oversaturate!
We’ve all seen them, and most of us hate them. Oversaturated photos may look decent to your tired worn out eyes, but they look terrible to the rest of us. It is really easy for our eyes to adjust to the blown out colors while editing, only to realize later how awful the saturation really is.
Oversaturation is painful on viewer’s eyes and really should be avoided at all costs unless you are trying to make an artistic statement.
It is sometimes a good idea to take a break from editing and then come back to look over your photos with a fresh set of eyes. You will likely pick up on errors with your brightness and saturation, especially if your monitor was not calibrated for photo editing.
That being said, do not under-saturate either.Read more