I’m going to start a series that will post every Friday. 🙂 I’m calling it: Before and After. Each week I’ll pick an image and show the before and after and the settings. I’m usually a pretty clean edit type of gal. I like getting it right in camera so that the post-processing doesn’t take up a huge chunk of my time! My time is everything. 😉 This one is a clean edit.
I used to edit everything with a matte…but I tend to fall away from that now. I also used to use Photoshop for EVERYTHING. But I have a new found love for Lightroom. I use THAT for everything and I only use Photoshop for any major cleanup (but again, I try to get everything perfect or as close to perfect as I can in camera).
If you have any questions regarding editing, I’d be happy to help answer them! Also, for all you Lightroom users out there, I highly recommend reading Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Classroom in a Book (or whatever Lightroom you have, they have books for each one). It helped me SO much in learning LR and it was probably one of the best purchases so far in my photography journey.
In the original, I got the exposure just about perfect to my taste. I use a preset that I made that brings up contrast, brings down highlights, adds a little clarity, and bump ups mid tones. From there I sloppily cloned out the chair (that would be a time when I bring it into Photoshop to really get it nice and clean, as Light room doesn’t do such a great job at this.) and fixed any white balance issues, and cropped in some. Viola! Clean edit. Super fast and super simple. I mean, it took me like 3 clicks!
Again, I highly suggest trying to get the scene and exposure how you want it IN camera. It makes it so much easier to process it. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.