Sunday, November 15, 2009
I Love My Job...And Lightroom!!
My favorite part of my job is actually not the taking of the photos, although that can be very fun. My favorite part is coming home and editing the photos one by one. I go through each picture, selecting the very best ones, and then get to work. I typically shoot 200-300 photos and it takes me about 3-4 hours from beginning to end to edit my favorite 100 or so. Lightroom has become my best friend. I used to love Photoshop, and still use it for touching up, but I definitely love Lightroom's amazing presets for transforming photos.
This has been my stay-at-home job for over 4 years now. My brother continues to shoot weddings, and sends me a disk of around 3000 images. I select about 700 and go to town making them the best they can be. (Visit this page if you want to see what I do with them).
For anyone out there who is a beginning photographer (or does not use Lightroom), let me show you its amazing abilities:
Raw Picture (not amazing):
Edit #1 (Lightroom - although I took the person in the bg out with Photoshop):
Edit #4 (you can isolate colors so just the blue stands out):
Edit #6 (this one is a preset I used in Photoshop- adds a little blur and softens it up a bit):
Edit #7 (this is also a preset I used in Photoshop):
You can find a lot of presets for both Lightroom and Photoshop for free online, just by searching for them. My favorite Lightroom presets are the WOW PhotoPresets (for free) which I used above, as well as the X-equals set. Check out more free presets here.
I'm curious to know which one you like the best. They all have different tones but I tend to always gravitate towards the tones in edit #2 and #6. I do use #7 in editing a lot as well, especially for brides that want some pictures to look more vintage.
Hope the editing tips helped those of you who love to take and edit pictures!! :)
And now...I need your help:
I'm thinking of trying to focus my blog more. I just can't decide between: home & kids (that comes most naturally), photography, lactation counseling (tips for nursing mothers, etc.), ministry & devotionals, or recipes. I want to write about all of these things but think it might be going in 100 different directions. What are your thoughts and what do you like to read about? Maybe in the near year I can get a new blog format with "sections" and file things accordingly...just thinking it all through and would appreciate your input! :)