edited in lightroom

Photo Editing

Photos location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

I don’t think I’ve ever shared what my process of photo editing looks like and I thought this would be a good example to show the before and after. To start off, as a little disclaimer, I usually don’t do anything extremely drastic to my photos. I don’t ever edit body shapes. I like and use photo editing to enhance lighting and details to better match how I felt or how I saw the moment/landscape with my own eyes. 

When I am on the go I edit a lot of my photos with my phone. My iPhone 7 Plus does a brilliant job with it, considering it’s still a phone. There are several apps I like to use to edit my photos. Sometimes using multiple apps to edit one photo. 

The apps I use

  • Photo Editor - I use this for its blur and sharpening features but it also had a lot of other very good and useful features.
  • VSCO - This is probably the one I use the least but if I am feeling spicy, it has a lot of fun filters. I just think it ruins picture quality sometimes.
  • Adobe Lightroom - This is my favorite app and the one I use most often. Lightroom as in it’s name, in my opinion, is best for lighting even on your phone. 

When I am not so on the go I do use my computer. I often save the images I am most excited about for my computer. On my computer I have Adobe Creative Cloud with access to Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and After Effects (video editing software). I most often use Photoshop while on my computer, as it is what I am most efficient in. I use it to isolate parts of the image and edit it without editing the whole image. 

In the photo above I used Lightroom and Photoshop on my computer to complete the editing. 

Mirrored

Another Reitdiephaven visit. This is a blend of two images. One base expose, one for the highlights and reflection in the water. Edited in Photoshop, Lightroom and Nik Software. Post processing inspired by Mike Kelley and Elia Locardi (fstoppers tuto’s). Next week I’ll edit some again. Shot enough through golden and blue hour.