This is the second installment of Blogging building blocks - #bbb and today, me and Holly from Bloomin rouge are discussing blog photography.
Honestly, its not very often I get the perfect shot straight out of the camera. Most of the times, I need to apply a few edits to make my photos look the way I want them to. Editing can be overwhelming at first, especially with the unlimited options that are available. I currently use Lightroom and Photoshop for photo editing, but here is a list of some of the best photo editors that you can choose from. Over time, I have developed a simple workflow for my editing process and here it is in 3 simple steps:
Step 1. Selecting photos: I first transfer all the photos from the camera SD card to my computer. If I am not using camera tethering, I usually take multiple shots for a photo and choose the best of the lot. To select the photos, I import all the photos into Lightroom. By placing them right next to each other on one screen, I can easily compare and decide which photo I like the best. Accordingly, I flag the selected photos and delete the rest.Step 2. Applying edits: Once the photos are chosen, I import them into Photoshop for editing. All edits are not necessary for every photo. Depending on the problems in the photo, I use certain editing tools to tweak it and make it look the best it can. Here are the most common problems I encounter and the respective photoshop tools I use to fix them:Problem 1: The photo composition is not right
Problem 2 : The photo is over or under exposed
Problem 3 : The photo looks dull and grainy
Problem 4 : The colors in the photo look a bit off
Problem 5 : The photo has strong shadows and highlights
Step 3. Get it ready for the web: Once the editing is complete, its time to export it in a format that is ready for the web. Here are two important things to consider:
Ooh, that looks like a long process, isn't it? But trust me, once you develop a workflow, it doesn't take more than 2-3 minutes to edit each photo. Editing photos is one of my favorite things to do with a cup of tea in the evenings. It is a way to relax and get creative :)
Holly's Photography is absolutely beautiful, I am a huge fan. If you are wondering how she takes those lovely shots, head over to her blog to read about her Photography tips here.
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What are your best editing tips?