Every week or so, I get emails from people with questions about photography, how I edit images, my cameras, lenses, etc. I thought I’d give photography a bit more prominence here, and I’ve been posting a lot more. I was wondering if anyone had any questions?
As a professional, I shoot with a Canon 5D (two of them, actually) which I also use for many of my personal shots of my son, vacations, and other family photos. While out and about, I tend to stick with my iPhone camera, since it’s always on me, but I keep my Canon G7 with me or use my dad’s G11 for higher quality snapshots. I also utilize iPhone apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram for fun, artsy mobile shots, and edit my mobile images using Photoshop Express, Camera+ or Best Camera.
I’m always happy to help others with photography questions. I’ve taken many years (and spent a lot of money on workshops/classes/seminars) furthering my education and making sure I shoot with appropriate professional gear, but I love encouraging my friends to be the best they can be when enjoying their photography hobby. So, if you have a question, you can leave a comment or use the contact link to send me a message, and I’ll try to do a new post every week!
Here’s a before and after, this is one of my favorites from our recent trip to TN over the holidays… let me know if you want to see more of these!
What I did:
Totally Rad Lightroom Preset – Exposure
Totally Rad Lightroom Preset – Shadows & Blacks
Totally Rad Lightroom Preset – White Balance
Totally Rad Lightroom Preset – Highlight Hero, Lite
This image was completely edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. LR is an amazing editing tool and I rarely delve into the full Photoshop program anymore unless I’m doing texture work or heavy retouching. Even then, you can still manage some degree of skin softening using tools in Lightroom. I own Totally Rad‘s LR presets and Photoshop actions and they have a number of amazing tools in the Lightroom set, including a skin softening adjustment brush.
As you can see, the edit itself was pretty simple, but the effect it had on the image was huge! It transformed it from a cloudy, snowy day, to a lovely, bright image highlighting the beauty of the birds and their actions. I’m really pleased with this shot!