MAKING THE BEST OF YOUR IMAGES
I constantly get asked how to edit photos or what software I use, so on and so forth. Now the real answer to this is... I edit my photos to how I see fit. Some photos are great matte, some contrasted black and white and some just a little white balance right out of the camera. But most importantly, your style of editing is probably going to be different than mine. a whole lot different. I sat down looking through some old photos from past sessions and weddings that I thought would be great to update the website and figured I'd write a blog post about commonly asked questions I usually get.
What software do you use?
I use Photoshop and Lightroom for my work. I do not use any other software or outsource, even though any one can outsource, but I prefer editing my own images for the sheer fact of it being my work and my style. Also because I don't like when others edit my work for me.
Do you use any photoshop actions or Lightroom presets? If so which ones?
I used to use some great actions a while back, but now that I know how to make my own, save them and export them, I'm more apt to do that. A lot of times each client is a new adjustment so I tend to make new presets and actions for each client. Even though I can indeed use previous actions, through the years I've found I like creating a new action for my clients based on lighting, scenario, location etc.
How do I get the most out of my images?
The truthful answer and short and sweet answer is to shoot it right the first time in your camera. A while back I had wrote another blog stating if it takes you more than 2 minutes per image, its probably not your best work. Is it good work? Probably. Is it the greatest work you've ever done? Probably not. Does it mean you're a bad photographer? No, even I struggle sometimes and I've been photographing for years, sometimes you just get a bad hand of lighting or weather and whatnot. But in order to get the most out of your images, shooting right the first time in your camera is key to an easy edit and to get the most out of your work. No photoshop action or preset can fix a poorly exposed image or an out of focus image and make it presentable.
Where did you find your style?
Honestly, in all reality my style has come from many aspects and events in my life generally speaking that has inspired what I see and what connects emotionally with my work through my camera. Your style does have an affect on what you shoot, and how you shoot along with how you edit your images as well. For me I love weddings but I like moody things too or styles that tell a story like black and whites whether contrasted or hazed photos. When done properly they can tell a black and white can tell a story.
Hope you found this blog insightful and inspires you to make the best of your images!