Editing Workflow | Keeping it Timeless

I have done an editing post before, but over the last year I have continued to get questions on my processing, so I thought I would take the time to share another post. We have all fallen into that trap of thinking a photo can be better if we edit it in some awesome vintage filter or unique toning. I say that because I have most certainly used that method during my few years into my photography career. The goal with processing is to enhance an already solid image. Photographing best in camera is said over and over again in the photography industry for a reason 🙂 For me, I like to sell myself on being “timeless”. I want my clients to look back at their images and not think the way they were processed was a fad during that time.  Yes, all my images on my blog are edited, but my goal is not for people to see them and think, “wow, I like how she edited that photo!” My goal is to have people see the moment and emotion in my images. That’s why photographers fell in love with this art anyways, right?

My workflow has changed over the couse of starting out, and for a solid period of time now, I have figured out a workflow that let’s me enhance my images very easily and QUICKLY. Editing is a solid skill to master as a photographer but only so you can spend more time photographing and advancing your skills. Ultimately, I want this post to be helpful, but I also want to express that it is more important to focus on growing and being a better photographer than obsessing over editing.

Now, some of my favorite processing tools have come from One Willow Presets. One of her tools that I use to pop my images is her “pop it” preset. This preset taught me how to play with the “tone curve” section in Lighroom (a great skill to learn). It adds a great contrast to my images by bringing out the lights and the darks. Other than using that preset, I play with the temp and tint to compliment the skin tones in the image. This changes with each client based on their skin shade. For any photos of myself, I always have to warm it up like crazy because my fair skin tone photographs very cool. If any other adjustments need to be made to color correct for skin tone, playing with camera calibration is very helpful! Once those adjustments are made, I sharpen and add a slight boost in clarity. That is it! I don’t have a magic wand or crazy tricks up my sleeve. All very simple tools that Lightroom offers for everyone!


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  • Tierney - Love this post, Maggie! Your images are so well exposed & in general stunning straight out of the camera, but the extra “pop” really does add something 🙂

  • Helen - Thank you so much for this post – it is so incredibly helpful and clear.. & even with visuals to show exactly how your original images were enhanced. I wish every professional photographer did something like this! 🙂

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