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?

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

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