Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light

Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light

Hey guys! I decided to continue my series, Watch Me Edit! My first post in this series was all about how to convert to black and white. It seemed like a hit, so I thought I’d continue it.

If you’d like to see me edit a specific image, please be sure to comment and let me know! I’d be happy to show you how I edited it.

I decided to go with an artificial light image because those can be difficult to edit. During the winter months I am really drawn to using artificial light because it helps push me. This instance was no different! I wanted to get a good image even though my lighting wasn’t amazing.

And as you see in the video, my straight out of camera is quite the sight….crooked, white balance all over the place, and exposure wasn’t right. But I show you how I fix that and my thought process on this image.

Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light in Lightroom

what editing program I use

I wanted to talk a little bit about what editing program I use: Lightroom! I really love Lightroom and it’s easy to use features. As you can see in the video, it was really easy to transform a not so great out of camera shot into something worth keeping.

That being said, I am a huge advocate for getting it right in camera! But, it’s important to know how to use your editing program in situations where you just can’t get it right in camera.

Like the image I’m editing below, I had to act fast. My toddler wasn’t going to sit still for very long so I just had to go with what I had set originally.

Back to Lightroom, though, I really love this editing program because of it’s user friendly features. It might seem a little daunting at first, but I promise you it doesn’t take long to get familiar with everything.

My other posts about Lightroom:

Well! Let’s get started!

Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light in Lightroom

I really love the final image here! It’s probably one of my favorite images ever.

Before:

Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light in Lightroom

After:

Watch Me Edit: Artificial Light in Lightroom

I hope to hear from you in the comments!

Watch Me Edit: How to Convert an Image to Black and White

Watch Me Edit: How to Convert an Image to Black and White

I’m going to start a new blog post series called watch me edit! And it is what it sounds, I’m going to be posting videos of me editing images. I don’t know about you, but I learned a lot by watching someone else edit. That’s how I learned 90% of my editing process.

If you’re curious about reasons why you would want to convert an image to black and white, read my blog post about it! I give you 5 Reasons to Convert an Image to Black and White and they’re gooooooodddddd reasons, just sayin’! Let’s dive in! But first….

check out my A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting in Black and White post

Watch Me Edit: How to Convert an Image to Black and White in Lightroom

what editing program I use and why

I love love love to use Lightroom to edit my images. On occasion, I do pull my images into Photoshop to either clone or add a little more pop. But, the majority of the time I use Lightroom for everything. I love it so much! I love how easy it is to use and I love the edits I’m able to produce in seconds.

a good SOOC (straight out of camera) is important

Before we get started, I wanted to dive into just how important it is to have a good SOOC. Light and exposure IN camera are so so important. Don’t take pictures thinking, ‘Oh, I can fix this in post!’. You should be taking pictures to make post processing easy. Even if you love editing, you don’t want to make it hard on yourself by taking a really crappy SOOC! This is true for any post processing, and not just black and white edits!

I’m a constant under exposure, and for that reason, my style is a little darker. If you have a brighter style, where your whites are really white, make sure you are not blowing any highlights. Highlights are not as easily fixed. If anything, make sure you have proper exposure SOOC and then brighten your photo in post to get the style you love. Be smart with how you expose your images!

Now that I’ve blabbed about the importance of SOOC, on to the video!

In case I went to fast in the video, here are the settings I tweaked to make this a nice deep black and white.

Basic

  • Exposure: -0.36
  • Contrast: +29
  • Highlights: -17
  • Shadows: -35
  • Whites: +9
  • Blacks: -38
  • Clarity: +15
  • Dehaze: +7

If you have any questions about how I convert my images to black and white, do not hesitate to ask! I am happy to help!

SOOC

Watch Me Edit: How to Convert an Image to Black and White in Lightroom
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After B&W Conversion

As always, thank you so much for swinging by!