hi! I'm curious about what camera & lenses you use? & what kind of photoshop/lightroom edits do you make & if there are any tutorials you might recommend?
hey friend. i use a secondhand nikon d600 body on which i mount either my nikkor 50 1.8 or my tamron 70-200 2.8 (also secondhand, i haven’t used it as much yet and i need some more practice with it). i shoot 100% raw and edit in photoshop (lightroom might be a better option if you have a whole bunch of pictures to edit all at the same time, but i can’t figure the mechanics for the life of me, and prefer the ps interface anyway). i have gone through a billion styles of editing, all very ridiculous, and one of my big weaknesses is my inconsistency, so i’m not sure what advice to give you oops
main one would be to shoot in raw, if you can. that means you’ll have to process every image you want to keep, but to me it’s worth it, especially when you have to save a file from looking downright terrible. as an example, heres that photograph of a kea that was ruined by the bad weather and lighting. next to it is the version slightly processed through camera raw. camera raw will open automatically when you load a raw file in photoshop.
i had to touch it up afterwards, but you can see how much of a difference that makes, and it was just basic adjustments. when you’ve got a decently clean pic you can then fiddle with the curves, or the saturation, or color fills or whatever. if you need a quick fix or a somewhat consistent look through a series of pics, you can try and find photoshop actions that you like. mind you, actions won’t work the same on every photo, and some of the free ones offered online aren’t the best. i used to regularly check on the freebies from filtergrade and colorvale bc im a cheap ass
since i only post them on tumblr i like to resize my pictures (1200px on the widest side) and then sharpen them up a little. i find that using a sharpening layer after resizing your file, not before, will significantly help when you’re sharing them online. be careful tho as not all websites use the same resolution. oh and you’d need to keep them a decent size if you wanted to print them!
as for composition i subconsciously try very hard to get perfectly framed shots but in the end my favorites are often the wonky ones i didn’t think i’d keep. that said, if you start off with a clean, well-composed image, it’ll probably be easier to process than a cluttered and blurry shot. candid images are nice, try not to keep your subject right in the center (unless the composition calls for it).
sorry i wasn’t super thorough. let me know if i can help with anything else x