Honestly…….how do you do your editing? There are so many fabulous editing tools, it’s hard to decide which I like best. But I am currently in love with Lightroom Presets! With just one click of the mouse, my image can changed in oh so many ways……..and of course kept original at the same time with Lightroom.
I could literally spend hours just playing in Lightroom and changing one photo in so many ways and still can’t decide which preset I like best! And I simply am spending way too much time editing.
My original edit normally consists of bumping up the clarity (which I have set as a preset when importing my images – boom! done!). Then I’ll try an auto tone and maybe check the white balance, MAYBE fiddle with the saturation, vibrance, and contrast or play with the curves. But this is the EASY part.
THEN it comes time to decide on which Lightroom preset I may want to treat my image with. To name a few, I have presets from Kim Klassen, MCP Action Presets, Pretty Presets, OnOne Presets……..and more. And of course I consider using external editors such as Rad Lab and Topaz Labs (BOTH of which I adore!).
So I ask you, what’s a gal to do? How do you decide which way to edit your images? I just know I need to cut down on my editing time so I’m thinking…..choose one of the external editors OR just a couple presets each time I edit and then change it up the next time. I can be SO indecisive sometimes……good grief!
I’ll begin by showing you just one of my basic edited images because they are all pretty much the same light conditions and were edited in my basic BASIC way. Then I’ll move onto the various images and share which preset and/or external editor I used.
I got out a few of my Vintage Tulip Bowls, a couple vintage cook books, an old wooden spoon, a couple white sheets and my favorite go-to cheesecloth. I hung one white sheet from our sliding glass doors to filter the light and put the other sheet on top of a card table. Then I arranged the cheesecloth and other props and began shooting. (I forgot to shoot a pull back image).
I first used a sharpening preset by Pretty Presets on all these images. On this one, I also added 2 presets by Kim Klassen…….kk-lightly and kk-breathe.
Then I got in a bit closer for this one – same editing as before.
I removed the book and applied Kim’s kk-quietdreams preset to this one with just a small tweak to the preset.
I love how the presets can create such a dreamy effect to the images.
I grabbed a different cook book, moved in close, and applied Kim’s kk-hazey preset to this one.
And for the final image in this set, I moved back out, changed the spoon around and decided I hadn’t done any black and whites in quite some time. I used Rad Lab’s Magical Black and White on this one.
I know I spent a good hour to an hour and a half on preset experimentation with these images. I still haven’t decided which one is my favorite.
I’m thinking of doing a series, using just one still life and showing various presets used, maybe a week of presets……sound good?
Can you pick a favorite? I’d love to hear.
Hugs and Have a Creative Day!