Yesterday, I applied a Lightroom preset to all of my pictures. I mentioned I don’t normally do that for my storytelling images. It was kinda fun to do something different. When it comes to editing, I usually do minimal edits. I try to get it right in camera and since I really prefer to keep the pictures that illustrate our life close to real life colors, I don’t have to do much. Today, I want to encourage you to explore your own photo editing style.
Exploring Photo Editing Style
I really split my photography into two categories- the ones that illustrate life (that tell our stories) . . .
. . . and then the ones that are just for photography’s sake (images I play with).
For every day stuff, for story telling, I really like it to be a true representation of how it really was. It’s the way we actually saw it- and isn’t that part of our story.
And, I kinda just love those blue eyes. . . .
If we ever doubted how color plays with our lives- just look at that Orange! It can only mean one thing around here- Whataburger. (In fact, I’ve noticed we’ve eaten there a number of times when Cody wears this shirt- subliminal messages?)
But, sometimes I will go black and white with these here and there.
Especially if it’s a portrait.
And then there are these:
Just look at the way the light plays across that floor. I have to say, this is one of my favorite places to shoot though I don’t stop to get the camera out that often. These two shots really are all about the expression on her face and I think going Black and White highlights that more.
It’s also good for concert shots- which often have quite a bit of noise due to the higher ISO’s.
But, when it comes to my other images- the ones I’m just playing with, well that changes things a bit.
I may leave them completely true to life- I mean look at those colors.
And, I might black and white them.
But, then other times, I might play with the color and image using Lightroom. Typically and most often, I’ll play with Lightroom presets which are similar to Photoshop actions.
And to be perfectly honest, I enjoy getting to play like that for images that I don’t feel need to be as honest.
What are your thoughts on editing and keeping photos true to the real thing?