I wrote a blog about how to take better pictures, now I’m going to tell you how you can make your photos look better through editing!
It is obvious that all famous Instagram influencers, or everyone, edit their photos. But not everyone reveals what their pictures look like before and after editing them, unless selling a preset. So in this post I will be showing you guys how some of mine looks and what techniques do I use in Lightroom.
- Increase ‘shadow’
- Add a slight bit of ‘clarity’
- Slightly increase ‘vibrance’
- Increase ‘saturation’ and ‘luminance’ on red, yellow and blue
- Add some ‘exposure’ if the photo still appears too dark
- Use ‘adjustment brush’ then paint the color onto the water using ‘color’ in the section to make water your preferred shade of blue
- Change the shade of green in ‘HSL/color’ to make the greens blend in with the color of the rocks & increase ‘exposure’, ‘shadow’, ‘black’ in the section to make the blue looks clear and light
- Use ‘adjustment brush’ again but this time on myself
- then lower down the ‘shadow’ and increase the ‘contrast’ to give my skin a better tan color
- Use ‘graduated filter’ to increase ‘exposure’ and add some ‘clarity’
- Change the shade of blue in ‘HSL/color’ to make it more turquoise or more saturated blue
- Select ‘spot removal’ to remove people in the shot or things you want out of the photo
- Use ‘graduated filter’ to edit the shore and tower
- increase the ‘shadow’, add slight ‘clarity’ & ‘contrast’ to make it pop out more
- Add a pinkish sunset background color by increasing ‘temp’ and ‘tint’ to the level that you like
- The yellow part of the cloud is too bright and faded so go to ‘yellow’ in ‘HSL/color’ and shift ‘hue’ towards the left & lower down the ‘luminance’
This one needs a lot more time and editing than the other ones I’ve shown. This is because there’s a lot of shadows on the boat and me.
- Use ‘graduated filter’ on the boat & where I am
- increase ‘shadow’ so the areas are lighter but doesn’t lose as much details as when increasing exposure
- to make the areas blend it, lower the ‘temp’ to make the blue color as even as the blue in the water and sky
- Select ‘adjustment brush’ to increase ‘shadow’, ‘contrast’ and ‘clarity’ on myself to reduce the shadow on me but still keep the quality at a higher standard.
- when you increase too much shadow it takes away the quality shadows give so don’t overdo it
- If both the ‘graduated filter’ and ‘adjustment brush’ areas are still too dark then increase ‘exposure’
- Again, don’t overdo it. The areas where there’s a lot of shadows, when brightened up can have green lines indicating that it can’t go any brighter. When this happens just reduce ‘exposure’ and ‘shadow’ slightly
- Use ‘graduated filter’ again but on the water and sky
- increase ‘shadow’ and lower the ‘temp’ to give it a cool colour as well as give both areas a nicer blue
- Lastly, adjust the tone of blues in ‘HSL/color’ to your preference
This one has been the most difficult of all to edit. It took me 2 hours or more compared to 30 minutes to an hour for the rest of the photos.
- Select ‘graduated filter’ on the sky because it’s overexposed
- lower ‘white’ and ‘highlight’ (‘exposure’ too if still too bright)
- increase ‘tint’ and lower the ‘temp’ to give the sky a pinkish, blueish color
- Again, select ‘graduated filter’ but this time on the rest of the shot
- increase ‘shadow’ and ‘black’ slightly, then increase ‘tint’ to when you see the background looks pink enough
- select ‘color’ to pick your preferred shade of purple or pink
- Use ‘adjustment brush’ and brush over all the floor area and a person (in this case, my friend) and lower the ‘tint’ so both her and the floor won’t look too unrealistically pink
- Use another ‘adjustment brush’ on my friend or a person to give it more focus on her
- increase ‘shadow’, ‘contrast’ and ‘clarity’ slightly to make her stand out
- Now back to general editing, just increase ‘tint’, lower the ‘tempt’, increase the ‘contrast’ to give the whole picture a boast and a final touch
- To give it more color just increase ‘vibrance’ slightly to 15 or so