I am taking a break from captioning today and answering a question that I get asked a lot - how I edit my pictures. Before I go on, please share in the comments, how you edit your pictures and what are the nice apps out there that one can try for a quick edit?⠀
The most important thing I have learnt after editing thousands of pictures, is this: You must be able to strongly visualize how you want your pictures to finally look and the message you want to convey through them. ⠀
For me, it has been a long process over the years starting off with apps and working with Lightroom presets, and then developing my own style of editing which is unique to me and reflects my personality. Using presets developed by other photographers maybe a good starting point, but it may not take you too far. After a while, you start feeling that your photos are not your own and that you need to have your own style - a sort of a personal element that draws from your personality and reflects in your pictures. ⠀
I now work in @lightroom with my own presets and my workflow usually goes from defining the highlights, bringing out the shadows, adjusting the blacks and whites, jumping to exposure and contrast, then over to clarity and vibrance, adjusting the luminance and saturation of colors, and then finally really bringing out the hues and shadows through split toning. I may also sometimes use the brush and the radial and grad filters, to highlight or bring down certain areas in the picture. ⠀
About this picture: a long exposure shot taken on a photo tour with @newzealandphotographyworkshops in New Zealand 🇳🇿 Btwn, best caption from yesterday’s post is by @nandos_0 , check out her caption in my Stories!