12 Lightroom Before & After Photo Examples

12 Lightroom Before & After Photo Examples

The headline says it all! Today, I wanted to show you 12 Lightroom before and after examples of images that have been edited exclusively with LIghtroom.

Why?

Because one common  misconception about Lightroom is that it is mainly for image management, or for making simple editing adjustments like exposure and white balance, but that you really need something like Photoshop to edit your images creatively.

Nothing could be further from the truth! 

Once you get to know what can be done in Lightroom. you will be amazed at just how much you can do in this program. So, yes image management is a HUGE benefit to using Lightroom, but don't make the mistake of thinking that is ALL it can do. 

5 Ways Using Lightroom Can Save You TIME

5 Ways Using Lightroom Can Save You TIME

I know that for many of you, your number one enemy in your photography journey is not having enough time!  I can totally relate to that, as I sometimes feel like I am trying to cram 50 hours worth of chores into one day.   I have spoken before about how I try to manage the time I do have for photography more effectively, so today I'm going to tell you about how Lightroom has also been a key part of helping me get more done, in less time. 

 

Photography Project: Currently

Photography Project: Currently

Welcome back for another creative challenge! If you are new to the blog, every month for 2017 I will be posting a creative exercise / mini photography project 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 creativity exercise, we are going to switch gears a little bit (again! I like to mix it up 😄) and consider how we can document our lives, or the lives of the people we love, through photography. 

Once again, it's a simple idea:  we are going to do this using a "currently" list.  It's such a wonderful way to document what your life looks like right NOW,  and not only that, but it will get your creative juices flowing as you need to decide how to capture these thoughts, feelings and actions.  So, it's documentary, but with a creative twist! 

7 Actionable Tips For New Photographers To Improve Your Images Today

7 Actionable Tips For New Photographers To Improve Your Images Today

Learning photography is so much fun, but it can also be hard work! There is so much to learn and take on board, that it can feel a little overwhelming. 

In this post, I'm going to give you just seven quick tips that you can take action on TODAY that will help give you better photos. So, for each tip, you also have an action item - there's no sitting around being an armchair photographer here 😀

Ready? Let's get stuck in!

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.