Why you need to edit?
I don’t know why when people hear the term edit, they automatically think 4 hours in photoshop, making extreme changes. For me:
Master the Basics
Just start with the basics again. Crop, Exposure, WB.
You’ve decided to take a leap of faith a learn how to edit?
To edit your photos properly you need to start with the right ‘canvas’, and just like in art we all have our preferences on how to set a good foundation.
Choose the right format- Where possible use RAW, yes they are annoying big and you have to do all the work, but it’s worth it.
Next, choose an editing software that suits you. We all have different technical levels, we all have time constraints. So make life easy for yourself and learn one. Not sure where to start check out my top editing apps.
Learn the power of the crop.
Are you secretly sitting there wondering… But how do I know what to crop?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Is it relevant?
How can you make your composition better?
Does it focus the viewer to the main subject?
Does it look better as the rule of third/centred/odd number?
Are you cropping off limbs, heads, etc?
Is there something distracting at the edge of the photo?
Make sure your horizon is straight
Don’t forget you can rotate your crop!
This is one of my favourite techniques.
Want to see me edit a few photos? What to see my process?
Now that your composition and photo is ready. It’s time to start working on the edit.
Subtlety is key- a good edit shouldn’t be obvious.
Exposure is the overall brightness of the image – the amount of light in the photo. A photo that has too low of an exposure is too dark, and a photo that has too bright of an exposure is too light.
The easiest way to truly understand your photo is to read the histogram. (Full tutorial coming soon) .
But basically its shows the highlights, the mid-tones and the shadows.
Now you can see if its too bright or too dark.
My preference is to start with the whites and blacks, then the exposure slider and then fine tune the highlights and shadows.
It should now be obvious if the white balance is off.
I’m not gonna lie auto WB has dramatically improved these days and I normally start there. If not i like to do custom wb with a grey card.
Once you’ve got your head around these, move on to colour, and local adjustments.