4 Reasons You Should Be Editing Your Photos (and how to do it)

4 Reasons You Should Be Editing Your Photos (and how to do it)

If there is one thing that comes up again and again when we talk about photography, it's EDITING - the steps you take AFTER you have pressed the shutter and uploaded your images.  It's a whole other world of things to learn and master and as such it can be quite overwhelming for new photographers. 

Because it's yet another thing you need to add to your "to learn" list, it can be tempting not to bother doing it, or slap a action / preset on and call it a day.  However, editing your images is an important part of the photography process and one that I believe you should at least start to learn as soon as possible. 

In this post I'm going to share exactly WHY you should edit your images, what programs you can use, and the order in which you should learn everything in. 

Ooooh, that sounds like a lot to get through! Best get started then :) 

 

How to Get Started Using Lightroom - A Beginners Guide

How to Get Started Using Lightroom - A Beginners Guide

We all know that learning a new piece of software can be daunting - this is especially true when we're talking about Lightroom, which has so many modules, panels, buttons and options that you might not even know where to start! 

It has taken me quite a few years to figure out Lightroom, and right at the beginning I really wish I had someone leading me through the process step by step - it would have saved me so much time and allowed me to concentrate on getting good  images, rather than sorting out my mess!  

To try to help out any new Lightroom users out there, what I want to do today is to give you a step by step guide on how to get started with Lightroom. We'll cover: 

  • What Lightroom is
  • How the Lightroom Catalog works
  • What happens when you first open Lightroom
  • Importing your first photos from your memory card
  • Viewing those images in the Library 
  • Taking your images into the Develop Module 
  • Exporting a high quality JPEG for printing 

As you can guess, it's not going to be a quick post, so you might want to wait until the kids are in bed before you read this one 😴.

Creativity Exercise: 30 Photographs in 30 Minutes

Creativity Exercise: 30 Photographs in 30 Minutes

Welcome back for another creative challenge! If you are new to the blog, every month for 2017 I will be posting a creative exercise for you to do.  So if you like the idea of a monthly flex of your photography muscles, come back at the first Tuesday of every month for your assignment.  You can of course do these at ANY time, so at the bottom of this post you will find links to the previous challenges too!

This particular exercise is absolutely wonderful for those times when you are feeling a bit creatively blocked or stuck in a rut - you know those times when you just aren’t feeling motivated to pick up your camera, and when you do you feel like everything you take looks blah and boring. 

The reason we are having this creativity exercise this month is this is because that is EXACTLY how I have been feeling of late! 

Photography has been a major part of my life for a long time now, and between writing blog posts, doing live streams in the Facebook group, answering questions, recording lessons and creating courses on the subject, I feel like the actual part of taking the photos is something that I have fallen out of doing!  I know that this feeling is pretty common with professional photographers, because their creativity in essence becomes their job, which in and itself can get repetitive. However, it can - nay, it WILL - happen to everyone, regardless of whether you are a hobbyist or a seasoned pro. 

So, for this exercise, we are going to be limiting ourselves with how we shoot (because believe or not limitations HELP your creativity!) but only with regard to location and time.

Beginners Photography Tutorial: Your Guide to the Exposure Triangle

Beginners Photography Tutorial: Your Guide to the Exposure Triangle

Today we are going to go right back to the very beginning for any brand new photographers out there, and lay open the foundations of capturing an image - exposure.

We’ll look at what exposure is, what the three elements are that allow us to control it, and finally how they all work together in something called the Exposure Triangle.  

This is literally Step 1 in learning photography (and in fact is the very first lesson in my Auto to Awesome course!) but although it's fundamental, it can be anything but easy to grasp! So it might take a few read throughs before it starts to make much sense if this is your first time learning about it, but don't worry, it does get easier as you move on 😃

So without further ado, let's get crackin'!

How to edit your photos quickly and easily in Photoshop or Elements using RadLab

How to edit your photos quickly and easily in Photoshop or Elements using  RadLab

Although I'm a firm believer in learning how to manually edit your images, I also understand that when you are first starting out and find yourself having to learn approximately, oooh, I don't know, 400 different things at once, it can be hard to add yet another thing to your "to learn" list without breaking down in tears 😃

So, today, I'm going to share with you something that I purchased and LOVED for editing when I first started out post-processing my photos, but didn't have the first clue about how to go about doing it in Photoshop. 

It's called Radlab, and it's a tool that you use with either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, or indeed Lightroom, that helps you edit your images quickly, and most importantly, easily.   In fact, I dare say it is probably the easiest way to edit your images and get good results, because you don't have to understand how Photoshop works before you can use it! 

Does this sound like this might be the thing for you? If so, then lets go in a little deeper. In this post I'll go over how RadLab works, and why you might want it - and I've even created a little video for those who prefer to see things in action rather than just read about it. 

Creativity Exercise: Using Framing as a Composition Tool

Creativity Exercise:  Using Framing as a Composition Tool

Welcome back for another creative challenge! If you are new to the blog, every month for 2017 I will be posting a creative exercise for you to do.  So if you like the idea of a monthly flex of your photography muscles, come back at the first Tuesday of every month for your assignment.  You can of course do these at ANY time, so at the bottom of this post you will find links to the previous challenges too!

For this month's exercise, we are going to use an often overlooked composition tool - framing. 

Framing your subject is ja really powerful way to bring your viewers attention to what’s important in your image, while also bringing an extra element of interest, so it's a great composition tool to be able to pull out of your back pocket. 

The good news is it’s not hard to do, it's only a question of being able to see the possibilities around you when shooting - and that's what this creative exercise will help you do! 

5 ways to improve your photography skills - without taking a photo

5 ways to improve your photography skills - without taking a photo

When I ask members of my Facebook group what their biggest struggle with photography is, the same thing comes up time and time again: lack of time.

I completely understand that it can sometimes be hard to find time to physically practise photography on a consistent basis - in fact, as I write this, I don't think I have picked up my camera for at least a couple of weeks either 😀.  If you are anything like me, you will probably also find  that the only time you really get to yourself is after the kids have gone to bed, which maybe isn't the time we want to whip the camera out and start taking photos!

The good news is you can still improve your photography skills without necessarily needing to have a camera in your hand. So if you find yourself with only a few minutes to spare during the day, or find that you get get most of your "free" time when everyone else is sound asleep, here are some other ways you can improve your skills without even needing to take a photo.