Another question I often get asked is do I edit my photographs. I answer this by simply saying that any photograph that is ever published has had some editing along the way.
Why is this ? Firstly by shooting in RAW the photographer is taking control of every process of the editing. When shooting in JPEG the camera will do a lot of in camera editing for you. Sharpening, colour adjustment, whitebalance, noise reduction etc etc.
A photographer certainly wants control over everything as any minor detail can affect the overall appearance of a photograph. The answer is I do edit my pictures, but I spend no longer than a couple of minutes on each picture and I only tweak a few factors which I will show you below.
Here is a photograph I took in Sandsend at the weekend. The photograph is the CR2 raw file and has no adjustments made to it.
Here is the adjusted file.
So what have I done?
- First things first is I cropped the picture to closely follow the rule of thirds. I also got rid of a lot of dead space in the picture which did nothing for the overall scene. When shooting I often leave a lot of extra space just incase.
- I have taken the highlights slider right down. This brings out the detail of the sky and retains the colours.
- I have boosted the shadows slightly to bring out a bit more detail in the foreground.
- Whites. When adjusting the whites in the picture I hold down the ALT key in lightroom and adjust the slider to the point where I can just see the whites popping through.
- I increased the clarity slider slightly to give the image a bit more pop and definition.
- Vibrance. I increased the vibrancy slider to bring out the natural colours that were captured that morning.
- Contrast. I upped the contrast to adjust the amount between the lightest light and the darkest dark.
- I sharpened the image and added noise reduction.
- I did aberration correction and lens correction to get rid of any vignetting.
- I used the spot removal tool to get rid of any dust and marks on the picture.