I receive inquiries all the time asking about how I edit my images for both my client galleries and my social media. I use the same tools for both since I am a creature of habit and just keep it all streamlined to keep it easy on myself. I do use phone Apps and filters on some social media but mostly in my instagram stories since those are real time moments or to do some minor tweaks to an image I edited on my desk top that I putting on my IG grid. My IG feed is the same editing process I do on client photos.
Over the years I have found ways to simplify my editing so I am getting photos done in less time. When I first started photography, it was taking me hours upon hours to edit one session because I would go through each photo and hand edit it in photoshop.
Today, I will guide you through my editing process that I do on all my photos. It might sound a little complicated to some who don’t use a camera BUT I will also give you some tips on phone photography too since we have our camera phones readily available anytime we need them.
Client and Social Media Feed Editing:
1. I take all my photos with my Nikon 750 DSLR camera. My Fstop is always at a 2.8 outside and a Fstop 1.4 or 1.8 inside. I adjust my ISO as needed depending on the lighting situation. Most the time it is at an ISO 200-400 but again it depends on your lighting situation.
2. I bring all my photos into lightroom where I collate through them and pick the best ones out of the session or the ones I want to showcase on my social media feed.
3. After I go through and pick the ones to fully edit, I then put a preset on them. Right now I am loving the Angie Manson Collection from Simplicity Photography. You can check them out here. I make adjustments to the image after the preset has been placed using the adjustment menu on the right hand side under the Develop tab. The adjustments I mostly use are: Temp, tint, Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, and clarity. Sometimes I will adjust the vignetting depending on the photo.
4. After I adjust the first photo, I can usually go to each photo and click on the previous button at the bottom of the menu bar and the same formula from the previous photo will be added to the next photo. A few tweaks here and there may be needed, but it makes the process go a a lot smoother.
5 After I go through my editing process in light room, I will then export it into photoshop to do final touches on each image such as cleaning up acne, taking out objects that were unavoidable in the background that might have been distracting to the image, tweaking the color a little more, cropping the image if needed and adding a little more contrast and then save the image.
This process may sound extensive, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier to do.
Now we will dive into phone photography. I use my phone camera mostly for my IG stories, but I know that most people will use their phone camera more for their social media. These are some tools that I have found to help me or have seen others use to help enhance their phone photography:
1. Lighting: again, I am a creature of habit so I play around with light like I would do with my DSLR. If I’m outside, I’ll play with backlight or if I’m indoors I find the best natural light just like I would my real camera. A lot of influencers/bloggers are using light ring kits to enhance their lighting too. You can get them from amazon for fairly inexpensive. I haven’t personally used one as of yet, but a lot of people swear by them.
2. Apps: There are so many apps out there for photo editing. My favorites are VSCO and lightroom. I mainly use VSCO because its so much easier than lightroom on the phone. Research the apps that best suit your style and wether your looking to spend a a lot of time editing or using it as a quick edit.
3. Presets: VSCO has their own presets that I usually use for the simplicity of it but there are presets you can purchase through etsy, the malibu app or you can research mobile presets to find the perfect one that goes with your stye and color preference.
This is my cliffnotes version of my editing process. I invite you to contact me here if you would like to know more on how I edit. I’d be happy to answer questions or give you a more in depth session!
Heres to a happy photo Friday!