Lightroom Editing Process

Today I'm spilling my Lightroom editing process for my photos. Although, my editing process does slightly differ depending on the photograph and theme or mood I am going for, the basics are always very similar.

Keep reading to find out more and view the video...

This photo was taken on my Canon EOS R with the 50mm f1.8 and was shot in RAW.

The first step in my editing process is to open up the image in Adobe Lightroom. I then run through my presets just to see if any fit and work with the image - however, for the purpose of this blog post and video below, I did not do this and edited the image from scratch.

The 'Basic' panel is always the first area that I focus on, this is where you can adjust basic settings such as brightness, contrast, saturation etc. This allows you to get a good base edit on your photo before you start to tweak tones and colours. And of course, you can always go back and re-edit anything.

Next we have the 'Tone Curve' section. This always used to confuse me, and a lot of the time, it still does. But it is basically a more in depth and specific area to adjust the darks, shadows, highlights and whites (the tones of the image).

Now for 'HSL/Colour'. The most fun section in my opinion! This is where you can make colours look bolder or more muted, or make yellow look orange and blue to look purple, its a really versatile tool that is super useful. (A good example of this is when you take a photo of the ocean and really bring out the blue tones of the water. Click here for examples.)

The next section that I go to is 'Detail' where I am able to adjust the sharpness and noise of an image. I always bring the sharpness up a little bit, usually inbetween the 10-20 mark, but this can differ from time to time. Again, the noise-reduction is something that I bring up slightly, just to make sure that any slight signs of noise are removed.

'Transform' and 'Effects' are the sections that I don't touch very often, only if the image requires some movement adjustments - and I left these out in the image below.

So the last section is 'Calibration' which provides controls that are meant to be used to micro-adjust and tune the color interpretation for a particular camera/image. This isn't something that I always use and adjust massively, but it is a very useful tool and I have used it in this example.

These are the basic settings that I use to change an image, however Lightroom provides so many tools and so there is still so much more you can do. For example, I did use the 'Radial Filter' for this image to enhance the watch face as this is the subject for this photo and I wanted to draw attention to this area along with making it sharper and adjusting the colours.

That’s my current photo editing process. It changes from time to time but the basics stay the same. If you have any questions about my editing process, feel free to drop me a message! I do hope the video below helps to round up everything that I have just said.


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