Regular followers of Better Photography will know that our editor is a huge believer in post-production. Whether you’re using Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One or a host of new image editing programs, to get the best out of your capture you invariably need to edit it. How much you edit is up to you, but some editing is, in his opinion, mandatory.
“What I love most about editing is being able to selectively adjust the image - to lighten or darken separate parts of the image on their own. And the good news for many of us is that we no longer have to go into Photoshop to do this. Lightroom, for example, has its adjustment brushes and gradients which give you wonderful control over the interpretation of your photographs.
“I and a number of other photographers from around the world, have been working with Adobe Lightroom, producing a series of tutorials that allow you to open our images and work alongside us as we edit them, step-by-step. Next time you open Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on your phone, tablet or computer (the new Lightroom, not Lightroom Classic), go to the home page and you’ll find a bunch of Guided Tutorials. Click on one and then follow along, seeing how these photographers use Lightroom to process their files.”
Each tutorial has a short introduction with the before and after versions of the file. There’s an opportunity for the photographer to explain his or her ideas before each step and then Lightroom encourages you to select the tool and make the adjustment. If using a smartphone, it vibrates when you’ve moved the slider or brush into the correct place – and you have to get it right before it advances to the next step. What a great idea, Adobe!
And after you’ve mastered all of these adjustments, don’t forget Peter’s Lightroom Atelier series of videos featuring his philosophical approach to using Lightroom. You can see details at https://www. betterphotographyeducation.com/lightroom-atelier/about-the-la. You will get a 50% discount if you use the coupon code CORONA - for this week only!