Welcome to my first and hopefully one of many tutorial videos using Lightroom. Lightroom is my preference when it comes to editing my photos because it is so easy to use and gives awesome results. I do own Photoshop and I do use it for removing unwanted objects from my pics or for adding my watermark (which you can do in Lightroom, but I prefer PS), and for putting borders on my pics. But otherwise its Lightroom all the way.
Now lets get the elephant out of the room and talk about a topic that always seems to get photographers and non photographers a bit hot under the collar. PHOTOSHOPPING. This is a term that is broadly used for any photo that people think has been edited. You may have heard the term “Oh, thats been photoshopped”. Its a common one that us photographers hear and usually gets us riled up. So lets get down to the facts. Yes, some photos have been edited WAY too much and it looks really obvious and frankly ridiculous but for the rest of us – editing our photos is part and parcel of photography.
What our eyes see and what our camera actually captures can sometimes be slightly off, hence the need for editing. I try to get my pictures at least 90% perfect “in camera”, but its rare to capture a photo that doesn’t need some tweaking. Editing allows me to process the photos to the degree in which I actually witnessed the sight before me as I was capturing the shot.
People that criticise photographers work for being “photoshopped” usually have no idea that taking a long exposure in camera can make water look smooth and milky so they assume its fake and its usually those types of photos that get the “photoshopped” label slapped on them. I would say that 99% of photos are edited to some extent and people need to accept this fact. It has been done since photography was born.
These days we process our photos in the “Digital” Darkroom whereas back in the day before digital cameras it was just the good old “darkroom” with smelly chemicals and dim lighting. Even Ansel Adams edited his photos way back in the mid 1900’s. Maybe not to the extent that we are able to overprocess photos now but there was definitely some dodging and burning going on back then. How do you think he got so much contrast in his photos.
Now lets get to the good part – the video!! How to Edit a Rainforest Photo in Lightroom.
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