For the first 7 years of being in business, I did not use an Adobe program to edit my pictures. (I know, shocker!) I used Apple’s program, Aperture, their version of Lightroom, to edit my pictures. I did it for two reasons: 1) it was cheaper at the time than Lightroom and 2) it was very user friendly and easy to use. I honestly didn’t do a lot of research into Lightroom or Photoshop and found that I could do the edits I needed in Aperture and produce great quality work. However, two years ago, Apple decided to stop updating Aperture and no longer make it. At this point, I was forced to hop on over to the Adobe train and learn how to use Lightroom.
I’ll say it was a blessing in disguise. I really needed to learn how to use the Adobe programs. With Adobe having the market cornered in editing software, pretty much any photographer out there uses Lightroom, Photoshop, and/or Bridge to edit their pictures. If I ever wanted editing help, tips or tricks, I needed to be editing on the same software as my fellow photographers.
This past year and a half, I have worked very hard to learn Lightroom and improve the quality of the pictures for my clients. To see a RAW image on camera and see the edits afterwards is just awesome. I love the changes I can make and how great the pictures look afterwards. I love that Lightroom has a before and after setting to where you can see the pictures side by side. Just for fun, here are some recent edits I did of personal and business related images! I’d love to hear your thoughts of the before and after images!
I love how much you can see the clouds now in this picture. I didn’t add them or make them up, but you can see that I just made them pop more by taking the highlights and exposure down and brought out the color so you could see them better.
This is a fun edit I did of Levi at the ice cream shop last week. I love the definition of his curls and obviously just how clean the edited picture looks. I love this split edit where you can see what the original was on the left and the edited was on the right.This edit is the one I am most proud of, probably ever. I know it’s not that big of a deal for the most skilled Photoshop editors out there, but I did all of this in Lightroom and edited out the entire red light pole that I felt was super distracting in the picture. I know it’s not the best edit and there are a few tiny flaws in it, but I was very happy with this edit and how it turned out!
Sometimes a picture just looks better in black and white. I corrected the white balance in this picture to make it less cool, but even after changing the white balance, I felt like the black and white was the best edit.
Thanks for checking out this post! Let me know what you think!
love seeing the before and after…so fun!
GAME CHANGER! editing makes all the difference and your attention to detail and great use of color is what makes you photos stand out! GREAT JOB!
Thanks so much Allie! You know how much work goes into editing!
Love seeing the before and after! Beautiful pictures, as always 🙂
Thanks so much Christina! I think it’s a fun way for people to see the difference good editing can do for a picture 🙂
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