10 ways to edit your photos with lightroom

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Who’s ready to learn a thing or two about how to edit your pictures (ps- you don’t have to be a pro!) ??

I love being able to tweak my photos after I’m done taking them.  It’s one of my favorite parts about photography.  It’s like being able to paint, or color.  It’s the other creative part of photographing for me, and it takes some of my favorite images from “eh..” to “wow”!scripture-prints

8+ years ago, when I picked up my first DSLR, I didn’t use any editing software at all.  I remember wondering how photographers I admired managed to get their images looking so different than mine.  Eventually, I figured out their secret was a little post editing (after knowing how to shoot in manual mode).  Since then, I have fallen in love with adobe lightroom.  With a little bit of know how, lightroom is insanely powerful, and so user-friendly!

What is lightroom exactly?  Lightroom is this amazing program that allows you to upload your images, organize them, edit them, and work in RAW.  It does not have all of the capabilities adobe photoshop has, but i have found that there is very little I use photoshop for anymore.  (side note…the clone tool is not quite as powerful in lightroom as photoshop, and there are reasons I take photos into photoshop).  I love the ability to batch edit and use presets, which are these sweet little premade settings that you can easily apply to your images, without having to adjust every setting individually.  Although, it is rare to apply a preset without making any adjustments on your own, they’re a good starting point when you find a style that you like for a particular image.  Here is a list of 10 resources that offer free lightroom presets, make sure you grab it!

 

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ever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!

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  1. Convert images to black and white with easeever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  2. Adjust hazy images to add clarity, sharpness, or color saturationever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  3. Add contrast and make your images popever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  4. Remove blemishes or other small things you wish to removeever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  5. Adjust white balanceever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  6. Adjust exposure to brighten or darken an imageever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  7. Reduce noiseever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  8. Increase the sharpness of an imageever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  9. Easily crop and straighten imagesever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!
  10. Batch edit images so you can edit more than one image at a timeever wish there was a way you could make your own pictures go from "eh" to "wow"??!! try this!!

When I started working with editing software, I spent a ton of money on both photoshop and lightroom programs.  adobe makes it super easy now though. You can purchase a subscription to creative cloud and have access to creative cloud for plans starting at $9.99 which is super affordable, and so awesome!!

How about you?  What’s your favorite editing software?  Do you think it’s impossible to edit your photographs with ease? Join in the conversation!  let me know below!

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